Some rich people want the rich to pay more taxes, but want to use force instead of leading by example
Warren Buffet is at it again; standing on his soap box demanding that the rich pay more taxes. What a wonderful thing for him to do, say those on the left! He’s taking one for the team. He is a spokesman for the cause who would actually be directly affected by the tax increases.
How wonderful! How superb! Want a brilliantly moral man to actually advocate taxing himself more to help the poor!
Putting aside the fact that money is fungible (i.e. that tax increases will be used for things like war and the enforcement of drug prohibition instead of merely helping the poor) Mr. Buffet’s position is still far from the moral high ground that he and his supporters would like it to be.
Let’s forget, also, that Buffet is in a battle with the IRS over owed taxes.
Instead, let’s look simply at the idea of tax increases and what they entail. Quite simply, Buffet and the rest of the “tax me more" crowd want to use the guns of government to steal money from the wealthy which, so the theory goes, will redistribute it in a manner that is supposedly superior to how society has already distributed it.
Besides the fact that tax increases on the rich won’t solve our problems there is another reason to be dubious of Buffet’s proposal. If he truly believes that he should be paying more in taxes why isn’t he doing so? The Treasury Department makes it quite easy for anyone to cut them a check at anytime!
So here is my challenge to Buffet and the rest of those who think they should pay more in taxes: Donate some of your wealth! If you honestly believe that you aren’t being taxed enough then you should have no problem with it.
Of course, some will argue against this. They will say something like “Well, no, I shouldn’t have to individually. But all rich people collectively should have to pay more.” This, however, is a cop out. Or, at least, it shows that they don’t actually believe that they should pay more.
This is also strikingly dissimilar to private charity. Buffet should be commended for being the philanthropist that he is. But he isn’t out there demanding that all rich people be forced to donate to the charities that he donates to. He might try to persuade them, but he would never consider using an armed gang to force them to donate. But yet, when it comes to funding the government, he does exactly that.
The “tax me more” crowd doesn’t actually want to take the step on their own. No way! Leading by example would actually require some moral gumption and they will have none of that. Instead, they want to use the force of government to coerce all of the rich into paying more.
This is not morality. To paraphrase Penn Jillette, you can not take moral credit for using the guns of government to force others to do what you believe is right. This is not morality. It is the lowest form of cowardice.
Buffet, if you want the respect and moral credit put your money where your mouth is and voluntarily donate some of it to the government. If it’s such a great idea you should be able to convince your wealthy friends to do the same.
Otherwise, do us all a favor and just shut up.