The real problem isn't taxation. Our real problem is the new "bipartisan" drive toward austerity, a mad obsession which runs against the 75-year political consensus of both political parties. Once our leaders understood government's vital role in a healthy economy.
All is not lost if you made the mistake of waiting until the very, very last minute to finish your tax returns. Your weekend is going to be pretty busy -- do what you can, check your work carefully, and maybe plan a nice day off for Tuesday.
Far from being an impossible set of demands, the collective opinion poll version of the wisdom of the American people is, in fact, a smart set of solutions -- or at least it would be, if we had a government capable of following our wishes.
Our whole national argument about taxes -- we pay too much! They pay too little! -- is misplaced. At best, it's a proxy for the real argument we should be having. To use Holmes's terms, we argue endlessly about the price when we should be debating the civilization.
Rand Paul is doing his best to end what remains of America's progressive tax heritage. Randolph Paul, over a half-century ago, helped make progressive taxes a key to America's middle class golden age. To stop Rand, we need to honor Randolph.