post by Bill Gardner
I support an increase in the taxes paid by the wealthiest and highest income Americans. I want this to happen to reduce the deficit and to fund some essential services to benefit the poor. This is not retribution. I don't think incomes are or could be based on what people 'deserve.' Finally, I am not motivated by envy, because I am in the group that should be taxed.
At this point, you may respond, "If you believe in increased taxes on persons like yourself, take the option to give the government more." And if I do not take that option -- which I do not -- I am a hypocrite.
So, there is no question that I am not nearly as generous or charitable a person as I should be. But that is a separate issue. I want the US to be a society where every child gets essential health care and education. Charities have never achieved these goals. Governments funded by progressive taxation get closer, in many developed societies.