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I agree with Hand, but I see a logical inconsistency in Buffett's position. Buffett wants the government to force him to do something he's not willing to do voluntarily.

No, that's not the point of taxes.

Tax policy is about how we should structure our society to pay for the requirements of living in a decent society. It's different than charitable giving. Tax decisions should be made by the community as a whole, not by individuals.

When someone is criticizing tax policy, saying that in the aggregate the burdens are distributed poorly, it is not an appropriate rejoinder to say that they should contribute more on an individual level. That's comparing apples and oranges.

KrissyLou
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