Stop Coddling the Super-Rich

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.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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