Pulitzer Prize Winner Stresses Ethical Taxation. Pulitzer Prize Winner Stresses Ethical Taxation September 29th, 2008 · Events · Posted by Behnaz Abolmaali
Johnston, who came to UT as part of the Lyceum Speaker Series, told students that the ideas about taxation and society that have prevailed since Ronald Reagan’s time favor a system in which money is systematically funneled from the poor to benefit the rich.
“People who think that taxes are a cost will do virtually anything to eliminate that cost,” Johnson said. “Taxes are not a cost. Taxes are a moral obligation.”
The ancient Athenians, he said, developed democracy by instilling a guiding moral principle in tax laws: that the greater the wealth one has built up, the greater their moral obligation to helping society continue.
As readers of this blog know, I am a great admirer of David Cay Johnston. I generally think he is on the right track, and/but (shifting metaphors and transportation systems) think he has some blinders on.
In the quote in the preceding paragraph, I think he is bringing up a vitally important matter, but he hasn't followed it to its logical root, and is thereby missing perhaps the most vital aspect of the subject.