When Bob Schieffer interviewed Romney and Ryan, he wanted to nail them on rich bastards paying lower tax rates than middle class tax rates. Of course, by now, we know the difference between capital gains taxes and income taxes, and hopefully the average concerned citizen has learned that most rich bastards are taxed on their wealth several times before all is said and done -- when it's their income, when it's their capital gains through investment in the company, and then when individuals die and give to their children and they are hit really hard. Only an old biased dinosaur like Schieffer can ask such questions without showing a sign of mendacity.
But, if we want to make taxes fair, then let's make them fair. The problem is that no one wants to give up their tax breaks. The middle class is afraid that if we go to a fair tax, their exemptions might be removed. In order to resolve the tax problem we all have to agree what is fair. Right now, it's a joke to continue yelling at the rich to pay their fair share -- the top 1% pay 40% of taxes. Democrats love to pick a case or two of rich bastards evading taxes, but we won't learn much by looking at individual cases. We have to analyze the complete tax system. I've said for years that the party which desires to carry the limited government mantle should first start with the elimination of all corporate welfare, including farming welfare to large agricultural corporations, and defense contractors who are sucking off the giant teat of the military/industrial complex. Once we cut that waste, fraud and abuse, then we can get down to business establishing a fair tax code to pay for a whittled-down government. Then we can begin transitioning safety net/healthcare/retirement to the private sector, along with education. Then we can reduce taxes even more, leaving more money in the private sector for Americans to work out their own problems, rather than increasing their dependence on a declining government power structure headed for collapse.