Perhaps there is some problem among Republicans in telling the difference between Democrat and political points of view that are against Capitalism entirely. I myself admire people who are capitalists who manage to do it without exploiting other people. There are people who make a decent product at a fair price and treat their workers well in the process. This is different from predatory Capitalism.
I suspect that a large number of Democrats are just fine with Capitalism as a method for running an economy, especially if it doesn't run rough-shod over everybody else in the process. For that Matter, I can't imagine a lot of Republicans who would be all that thrilled with Predatory capitalism, and I remember some of your postings, Mike, that suggested that you had reservations about companies that do business in a predatory way. I think that reservation is not a particularly political one, it's more of a human one, though there will be some distinctions about some areas of this.
Health care is one of the areas where Capitalism has extended itself and the things some of us find predatory or evil, other people may not. Outside of Drugs and medical care, though, I suspect that you and I wouldn't be that far apart on the notion of being against most predatorty practices.
Buffet and most other very rich people should be paying more, I think.
"More" doesn't mean endlessly more, does it? It means a legally set amount more that is fixed by law and is generally agreed to be an appropriate amount. It doesn't mean a punative amount more, arbitrarily set by people who have political anger at the man or who disagree with him or who figure that they can tag him for more simply because they're goverment agents. It doesn't mean give up your right to due process more, does it?
Yet, in the case of Mr. Buffet, this seems what the Right wing is pushing for. Is this what they would Urge The Koch brothers to do, or the folks at AT&T or at British Petroleum? As I recall, the Right supported British Petroleum right through its court fight around the EXXon Valdez and for twenty years thereafter until the court judgement was reduced to a tiny fraction of what was originally awarded. Same with the MacDonald's Hot Coffee Case.
Suddenly, with Mr. Buffet, they're on the side of hanging the man out to dry.
As a MacDonald's stockholder, I had mixed feelings.
About Mr. Buffet, I'm fairly clear that the upset on the Right isn't about wanting to get the government its fair share, though. It's about wanting to punish one of the guys who should have been in the church choir for singing some of that sinful rock & roll, and about wanting to send him on a permanent vacation in a place where global warming is known as "air-conditioning."