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No, there is no logical inconsistency, and your argument about the speed limit is poor.

There definitely is an inconsistency. Buffett wants the rich to pay more taxes. He lobbies the government to this end. Then he minimizes the taxes he pays. If he feels that he has a moral obligation as a rich person to pay high taxes, he could certainly act morally by paying extra that the government isn't requiring. He doesn't do this.

When has Buffett ever lobbied the government to raise taxes on the rich? He may have mentioned it in the shareholders meeting, but I don't recall him *ever* lobbying the government. When has he ever said that he has a moral obligation as a rich person to pay high taxes? It's one thing to think that the system would be improved if the wealthy had to pay higher taxes; it's quite another to think it is a *moral* obligation.

Why should he unilaterally pay higher taxes? After all, it would have very little impact. Only if *all* the wealthy were required to pay higher taxes would there be a substantial impact.

While it may be immoral to speed and put other people's lives in jeopardy, it certainly isn't immoral to not want to voluntarily pay more taxes than you are required by law.

I agree, but you missed my point. If Buffett wanted a lower speed limit, he could certainly drive slower in an attempt to encourage others. The public safety issue is a red herring.

So Buffett should pay higher taxes than he is legally required to encourage others to do so? That is just plain ridiculous. It would have virtually no impact.

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