Warren Buffett on Charlie Rose: The Rich Pay Lower Taxes "Than the People Who Clean Their Offices"

Billionaire Warren Buffett has long been vocal about the ridiculousness of his taxes--specifically, that they are disproportionately low, and that they should be raised in accordance to his wealth. Yesterday, he caused a righteous stir with his New York Times Op-Ed, "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich," which basically scolded Congress for their lax tax rates for the country's highest-earning citizens (cough--and corporations--cough). Last night, the genial Daddy Warbucks appeared on Charlie Rose to discuss the economy, the devastating wealth disparity, the primary election, among other topics. Mostly, though, he reiterated his thesis: "The very rich are paying less in the way of taxes than the people who clean their offices."

Full video here, plus the WSJ has highlights here. Also, tonight on Charlie Rose: Jane Fonda!

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 16, 2011, 4:39am

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