5:04 am July 26, 2011, by Kyle Wingfield
One of the most persistent talking points on the left is that “the rich” — and sometimes “corporations” — don’t pay their “fair share” of taxes. While my views on this topic are pretty well-known among regular readers, I want to ask a question as neutrally as I can:
Exactly how much is their “fair share”?
You may present data to explain how much high-income Americans and corporations currently pay in taxes, and then argue for how much would be more “fair.” You may make more emotional appeals, although I’ll go ahead and tell you I won’t find such arguments very persuasive. Heck, you can even answer “however much it takes to pay for all the things we want government to give us.” (Oops, there I go being not-so-neutral again.)
But seriously: How much is enough? What’s fair?
And if you don’t have a credible answer to these questions, maybe you should stop using the “fair share” line.
– By Kyle Wingfield
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