Nothing is stopping so-called ‘Patriotic Millionaires’ from doing it on their own. Well, nothing except the minor detail that it’s all the other rich people who should pay extra. Somehow not enough people are ever ready to voluntarily share in the sacrifice that they’re advocating. Think I’m being cynical? Check this out: Massachusetts has a feature where you can voluntarily pay more state taxes on your return. This dates back to 2000, when it was a compromise to get a reduction of the state income tax rate down from 5.85% to 5.3% (it was originally supposed to be 5%). As of the beginning of April 2011, the state has gotten 1,740,000 tax returns back this year. Guess how many people are paying the higher rate?
How many Massachusetts residents are cheering on the idea of making the rich pay more? How many rich Massachusetts residents are cheering on the idea of making the rich pay more? I’m willing to bet that in either case the number is greater than 862; there are a lot of hypocrites in that state*.
(Via Hot Air)
*Admittedly, there are a lot of hypocrites in every state, but right now we’re focusing on Massachusetts.