Sheldon Richman on Obama's Bogus Case for Tax Fairness


In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night President Barack Obama played the fairness card in calling for higher taxes on upper-income people. He said: "[W]e need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of Members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes." But why does Obama—or any other politican—get to decide what constitutes fairness? As Sheldon Richman observes, calling something just does not make it so.