Many years ago, Louisiana Senator Russell Long described the typical American's view of who should pay taxes, "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind that tree!"
Notable and Quotable states the current views of the learned economist Thomas Sowell:
"This election is a test, not just of the opposing candidates but of
the voting public. If what they want are the hard facts about where the
country is, and where it is heading, they cannot vote for more of the
same for the next four years.
But, if what they want is emotionally satisfying rhetoric and a
promise to give them something for nothing, to be paid for by taxing
somebody else, then Obama is their man. This is not to say that the
public will in fact get something for nothing or that rich people will
just pay higher taxes, when it is easy for them to escape taxation by
investing overseas—creating jobs overseas.
Even if most Americans do not have their own taxes raised, that means
little, if they end up paying other people's taxes in the higher prices
of goods and services that pass along the higher taxes imposed on
There are no doubt voters who will vote
on the basis of believing that Obama "cares" more about them. But that
is a faith which passeth all understanding. The political mirage of
something for nothing, from leaders who "care," has ruined many a
My sentiments exactly.