This is how feudal society worked. Everything belonged to the lord who collected virtually everything that was produced and redistributed it as he saw fit, largely to himself. In this way it is much like, heck it's identical to, socialism.
Check this out about Tim Geithner, the designated Treasury Secretary, owed a few taxes that were unpaid. They are saying that it's a common and honest mistake. He failed to pay $34,000 on his earnings at the IMF. Because of its nature the IMF does not withhold payroll taxes but it does advise its employees of their tax responsibility. Advice that Mr. Geithner chose to ignore. He did pay them later - - - after he was caught. Several excuses are being offered but such excuses only work if you are one of the power elites.
"I believe that these errors, although serious, do not rise to the level of disqualification. He is an extremely competent man," said Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. "The errors were, in my judgment, honest mistakes. He did not in any way intentionally make those mistakes."
I wonder if he would have felt that way had it been a Bush or Reagan appointee. Stupid question. A Republican owing a nickle is far worse than a Democrat owing thousands or even millions.
He didn't pay taxes because he didn't want to or didn't believe he should have to. I believe it is that simple. See only the little people pay taxes while the lords and ladies of the neo-feudalistic Democratic Party are exempt (unless they're caught). I think we're going to see a lot of this in the future and it won't be how much you owe that matters, it will be whose friend you are.
If someone is in near-poverty or actual poverty and owes a couple of hundred dollars then by all means give them amnesty if they really can't afford it but let's not do this for the rich and powerful, especially when they are the ones eager to tax the little guy into poverty and tax businesses out of existence.
Could any of us get away with a couple of hundred in unpaid taxes? Why should he get away with $34,000.00 in unpaid taxes and say "Oops stupid Mistake!" when caught?
Only the little people pay taxes Leona Helmsley