The failure of not just one, not just a couple, but three of Obama’s top team to qualify for high office reveals the reluctance of some high spending big state Democrat/Labour figures to pay for the state they want to expand. All three perished under questioning for the same reason – they had failed to declare or pay all the tax they owed under the (relatively) low tax Bush regime they had criticised or opposed.
So many advocates of bigger and dearer government want other people to pay the tax, but don’t fancy it themselves. If it had been three low tax advocates who had been delaying payment you could at least say they were showing consistency between their public positions and their private actions, even though as law abiding citizens they too have to accept the state can take what the law says. For three leading Democrats to be so reluctant to part with their cash to the state when they support a new Administration who think the Bush regime was not spending enough is humbug. Higher spending must lead to higher taxes. If they want the higher spending they should willingly pay the existing taxes. Maybe they should send in a bit more too. If I receive the odd letter from a high paid person who thinks taxes are too low, I tell them there is nothing stopping them making a larger contribution to public services if they wish. The best test of whether you really think taxes are too low or not is whether you personally want to pay more.