Donating To The US Government, Ctd

Mike Konczal reframes the debate over voluntary taxes and the Buffett rule:

[T]he central discussion isn't one of the government collecting more and providing more, but the two central principles of fairness in taxation: vertical equity – those with more pay more – and horizontal equity, where people who are the same should be taxed the same.  … It isn't necessary for Buffett's argument that the government should do more, or even that it should do what it does now, so the donating to charity example doesn't carry weight. His argument is that the way taxes are collected now violate general principles of equity and [fairness].