By WARREN E. BUFFETT
Our leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.
Three comments: (1) There are not enough super-rich people to make a dent in the deficit, which is due to overspending. (2) Why isn’t $2 trillion in revenue, most of it paid by the wealthy already, not enough? (3) No one is stopping Mr. Buffett and his civic-minded, super-rich friends from writing checks to the IRS or the Social Security “trust fund” right now. If you want to do it, go ahead. Put your money where your mouth is, big guy.
A fourth comment (just couldn’t resist): Why is allowing the rich to keep some of their money considered to be “coddling”? How insufferably condescending.