On CNN’s New Day Tuesday, Disney discussed the “long, long many generations ethos” that exists within wealthy American families to take advantage of the tax system and protect their assets.
“The fact is that people are sitting on their rear ends on their couches earning and not paying taxes on money while people are going out every day to a job and working their butts off just to make ends meet. And that just seems like an upside down structure,” Disney said.
A member of Patriotic Millionaires, an organization of American millionaires who want wealthy people to pay more in taxes, the heiress has been outspoken on executives’ pay.
“For many people, especially those most deeply embedded in the culture of having and getting money, ethics are a wispy and ineffectual nuisance—an abstract set of principles that can’t possibly stand up to the rigors of life lived fast, business conducted efficiently, and competitors devoured and cast aside,” Disney wrote in her op-ed.
Disney compared wealth to addiction, explaining that “when you have things, you have to have more things, anything you have turns into what is normal.”
“There are people flying private aircraft right now who would rather be shot than get on a first class seat on a normal airline because it would mean they would have to walk through an air terminal,” she said. “And that is terribly dangerous to democracy, to society.”