A Minimum Tax for the Wealthy

Warren Buffett, in an op-ed yesterday for the NYT:

Suppose that an investor you admire and trust comes to you with an investment idea. “This is a good one,” he says enthusiastically. “I’m in it, and I think you should be, too.”

Would your reply possibly be this? “Well, it all depends on what my tax rate will be on the gain you’re saying we’re going to make. If the taxes are too high, I would rather leave the money in my savings account, earning a quarter of 1 percent.” Only in Grover Norquist’s imagination does such a response exist.

I agree with every single word, including his idea to draw the “wealthy” line at $500,000, not $250,000.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012