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Argument: Wealthy Americans owe a special debt captured by estate tax

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In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt made this the fundamental argument in his proposal to institute a federal estate tax - "The man of great wealth owes a particular obligation to the State because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government."[1]

William Gates Sr., father of Microsoft's co-founder 4/13/05: "It is a fair payback to society for the opportunity to do business in our marvelous economy and society."

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