Speak for yourself, Mr. Buffet
People who do what Warren Buffet is doing irritate the holy hell out of me. They decide a) taxes are fine, b) they’re fine with paying more taxes and c) if they find them fine and feel they should be paying more taxes everyone in their financial situation should too.
Uh, no sir.
First, taxes are supposed to fund Constitutional government – i.e. the government allowed under the Constitution. Taxation has evolved into a political means of controlling behavior and funding things the founders never even dreamed would be something which government would fund.
Secondly, taxes were supposed to be something everyone paid. You shared the pain and you had skin in the game – a reason to follow government and ensure it wasn’t wasting the hard earned money you were coerced into giving it (don’t ever, ever believe the nonsense that taxes are “voluntary”). Somewhere that notion got warped into what we endure today. Taxes are essentially considered government’s rightful cut of whatever you earn with which it can do pretty damn well what it pleases. Oh, and for some favored “victims” of life, they don’t have to pay anything. No skin in the game, no reason to oppose the government’s profligacy – how convenient. Interestingly the left likes to refer to that as “progressive”.
Finally – for the Mr. Buffets of the world: If you’re feeling under-taxed, if you’re feeling you could give more and in fact are willing to give more, no one will stop you. Got that Mr. Buffet? –
No. One. Will. Stop. You.
Pick up your check book, write the check in whatever amount you think is right and send it to the Treasury Department. Trust me, they won’t turn it down.
Other than that, quit trying to speak for other people and stay out of their lives (or quit encouraging government to take more). We have a serious spending problem and all the extra taxes in the world aren’t going to change that. Instead of trying to bully the rich into giving up even more of their money, beat up the politicians and demand they cut spending, cut it now and cut it drastically? Make spending equal revenue.
If they’d do that, you wouldn’t have to make silly statements about taxes and wanting to pay more, would you?