In a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal, two articles caught my eye. In the first article, the Journal was reporting how Edwardo Saverin, one of the cofounders of Facebook, was renouncing his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying more than $67 million in taxes.
The article went on to highlight the possible advantages of renouncing one's U.S. citizenship to avoid paying taxes.
The second article, which was an editorial, highlighted the irresponsibility of a poor woman who was on food stamps who paid more than $20 for an ice cream cake for her son's birthday and how it was intolerable for her to be wasting the taxpayers' money by buying an ice cream cake with food stamps.
Our society is in big trouble if we laud the efforts of billionaires avoiding taxes and demonize the poor.
Not only should we view paying taxes as our patriotic duty, we also as a society should show compassion instead of disdain for our own poorest citizens.