I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but there’s a disconnect over taxes and a pattern of politicians. Last election, Mitt Romney showed his tax returns and people thought he didn’t pay enough. This election, Trump pays possibly zero taxes and people are mad. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that both of them had a legal , officially reasonably answer.
Both of them stated the prevailing wisdom: the reason to have lawyers and accountants is so you can pay the least taxes. “We work hard for our money. We should get to keep as much of it as the law allows”. So why does it seem unfair when rich politicians pay so little? Why does what is legal seem unfair to many?
The Here’s why: because the tax code is unfair in some way. It is written by lawyers and the rich to benefit … wait for it… lawyers and rich people. Most politicians are both.
The law and morality, the law and fairness, the law and justice all should be the same thing. Until they are, we have a problem.