Occassional reflections of a moderate (hey at least I think I am)

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

"Rorschach Test"

The TaxProf (via Andrew Sullivan ) points to this this Tax Foundation report indicating that the number of Americans who pay no income taxes is at an all time high. I think the report’s observation that the fact that so few are paying taxes is “[O]ne of the biggest obstacles facing President Bush’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform" is very true.

What is interesting to me, however, is how these facts are a kind of “rorschach test”. Do you look at the data and worry “that as the number of people paying taxes dwindles, they could become an abused and persecuted minority” or do you worry that the underlying income disparity "is not the type of thing which a democratic society - a capitalist democratic society - can really accept without addressing" ?


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