The Buffett Exception: The Equality of Inequality?

Yesterday President Obama introduced the "Buffett Rule." He defined it by stating that "Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires." I think there is little disagreement with this proposition. But what if this is already the case? An USA Today article, citing the Congressional Budget Office, stated that, "The 10% of households … Continue reading The Buffett Exception: The Equality of Inequality?

A Half-Slice Compromise

In many ways not unexpected, I awoke this morning to the news that Republicans and Democrats came to a last minute agreement to avoid the impending government shutdown (Click here for information concerning the agreement). For the numerous military and government employed families, they can breathe a little easier knowing that they will not have … Continue reading A Half-Slice Compromise

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: The Human Inequality of Equality

The other day I was reading Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws ( 1748 ) and found myself struck by the relevance of his assessment of democracies. I was especially taken by a story he told from Xenphon’s Symposium. Montesquieu’s writes: Each guest in turn gives his reason for being pleased with himself. “I am pleased … Continue reading Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: The Human Inequality of Equality