Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Taxes, the S-word, and McCain 2k8 vs. McCain 2k

Paying taxes is something we do to keep our society more civilized, to keep our "social contract" functional as a nation -- to protect ourselves from external threats; enforce the rules amongst ourselves; and to promote what one might call our common purpose as a nation. Progressive income taxes have been deemed "fair" and constitutional in the US since 1910 on the basis of the rich having a greater ability to pay for those public goods and services that help the whole thing work. But no need to wax philosophical on this...

How about we just have a look at this, and compare McCain 2008 and McCain 2000, borrowing the work of (of all places) The Daily Show:

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