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Mr Buffet looks increasingly like a new Russian who used to think that his wealth is the result of his smart insight and brisk work, but now realizes that he is living in a system rash to push most wealth into hands of few people.

Keep writing New York Times columns:

Last year my federal tax bill -- the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf -- was $6,938,744. That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income -- and that's actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.

If you make money with money, as some of my super-rich friends do, your percentage may be a bit lower than mine. But if you earn money from a job, your percentage will surely exceed mine -- most likely by a lot.

Or put your money you would like to see taxed to make the politics and the social economy more interesting.

by das monde on Wed Aug 17th, 2011 at 05:16:30 PM EST
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