Attention all millionaires and billionaires in Jackson County. Are you willing to take a tax hike for the good of the country like the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength?

Attention all millionaires and billionaires in Jackson County. Are you willing to take a tax hike for the good of the country like the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength?

Salon.com reports that a group of more than 42 multi-millionaires has picked up checkbooks and American flags and is pleading for President Obama to increase their taxes, while calling for the discontinuation of tax breaks that President George Bush created 10 years ago.

One of the richest people in America, Warren Buffett, is in agreement. Buffett told ABC news that “people at the high end, people like me, should be paying a lot more taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.”

The millionaire club in this country has surpassed 7.8 million families. They strive to join the 403 billionaires sitting pretty in America. And most American corporations never had it so good with record-busting third quarter profit figures.

Of course little of those profits have trickled down to the middle class, which has been losing its yearly worth for years. The average middle class income is estimated at $35,000 to $50,000 a year. Compare that to an average of $833,000 a month for a millionaire.

If you could join the big bucks club how would you spend your money? I asked that very question to several friends and associates – once they spent it on new homes, automobiles, jewelry, friends, relatives and tithes.

One said she would build water wells in Kenya.

Another said he would build a home for the homeless in every major city in the country, while another would donate to fight and eradicate deadly diseases.

A Lee’s Summit grandparent said she would give to needy children, especially orphans.

A relative said she would build water filtration plants in Haiti along with food and medical supplies.

Everyone one of them suggested giving their money away for benevolent causes just as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Ewing Kauffman and countless other wealthy Americans who put country first.

Now if we can encourage the 261 members of Congress who are millionaires (nearly half of the total 535 members) to join those Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength then the slogan “Country First” would really mean something.

As for me, I’m working on making my second million – I gave up on the first.

I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.