Start with the list of
"102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes".
that Mr Golub's income is as sizable as I would
expect for someone who's had his employment history,
many of the items on that list are of little concern
to him (such as public transportation -- which is
too bad for him), but some will be of even more
interest to him than to the rest of us. For example,
he probably has a sizable home & is thankful
that police exist to stop intruders in his
He should pay because none of us
"earn" our money in a vacuum. This is
especially true for people who earn a living by
telling others what to do.
He should pay, & pay more, because even Adam
Smith was in favor of a progressive tax code when in
Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of
Nations" he said "It is not very unreasonable
that the rich should contribute to the public
expense, not only in proportion to their revenue,
but something more than in that proportion."
He should pay to set a good example for the
grandchildren he mentions in his essay.
He should pay because the government, the roads,
the wires, the frequency bands, the land, the water,
the air, & all the other resources belong to the
People, & We say he should pay.
He should pay because he's a caring person who
wants to help others.
Mr Golub suggests that taxes, or at least higher taxes,
could be paid voluntarily, but Mr Golub himself, with his
under-appreciation of the society that contains him & of
the importance of everyone else in it, is an example of why
taxes aren't voluntary.