Billionaire Warren Buffett’s call for higher taxes on higher income earners triggered a firestorm of conflict among politicians. Supporting Buffett, who was echoing President Obama, liberal Democrats reiterated calls for higher taxes on higher income earners as a potential solution to the U.S. fiscal crunch.
Conservative commentators responded with fury, seeing the call for higher taxes as a smokescreen for creating more tax loopholes for friends of the ruling Democrats. Some conservatives called for no increase in taxes. Other conservatives called for an increase in revenue that would be made possible by lowering rates while eliminating loopholes. Whether favouring or opposing higher revenue, conservatives generally advocated removal of loopholes.
Some conservatives saw Buffett’s call for higher taxes as hypocrisy because he had shown his own limited confidence in government by donating his fortune to the Gates Foundation instead of the Internal Revenue Service.
The CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel were asked where they stood in this epochal conflict. The panel took sides—both sides:
These are the key findings from this past week’s Internet survey of CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel. The weekly business survey is undertaken for Canadian Business magazine.