Blog author: jcouretas
by on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich” investor Warren Buffett, one of the world’s wealthiest men, makes a case for upping the tax rate on the “mega-rich” in America. In a response published on National Review Online, Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg observes that “this is a broken record that Mr. Buffett has taken to re-playing over the past five years.” He points out that the U.S. tax system is already heavily progressive (no pun intended) and that the label “mega-rich” may not be as obvious as Buffett would like us to believe:

It’s safe to say that a substantial number of these people operate small-to-medium-size businesses that don’t play the corporate welfare game a la General Electric, that are already subject to some of the world’s highest corporate tax rates (most of which is paid by the owners of companies), that reinvest much of their income in expanding their activities and taking on new risk, and, above all, that employ people. They are the engine of growth and employment in America today — not the United States government. Why on earth would we disincentivize them from creating value and jobs by raising their taxes?

Read Samuel Gregg’s “Taxing Warren Buffett” on NRO.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=653065052 Candace Oathout

    Mr. Buffet’s underlying message is truly frightening. He and many others have the ability and opportunity to easily donate funds to the government voluntarily. Notice he isn’t reaching into his own pocket. He is demanding that the government reach into the pockets of others. Taking something that doesn’t belong to you used to be considered theft didn’t it?