I grew up in an affluent middle-class family. We weren’t rich, but we had a good life, and I was able to attend good universities and graduate debt-free. In 1983 I finished a PhD in electrical engineering at UCLA. It wasn’t easy—I worked all day and studied all night, but I never felt like I had to be rewarded for my “suffering.” I chose to do it, and graduation was the proudest day of my life.
Thanks to the wealth of opportunities in California, in combination with my largely taxpayer-financed education, I’ve done well. California has been good to me, and I think it’s past time that people like me give something back to this state and to this nation. I think it’s essential that people like me be rationally taxed (we clearly aren’t now), so others can share in the benefits of being part of this rich nation.
I am the 1 percent; I stand with the 99 percent.
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