Analytical & Evaluative Paper

Topics: Taxation, Tax, Taxation in the United States Pages: 4 (1515 words) Published: July 10, 2012
Analytical & Evaluative Paper
It is with out a doubt that in our country the United States of America the lower and middle class have the common perception that the government and the “super rich” have some kind of unknown agreement to maintain extremely lower tax rates on the “super rich”. What do the “super rich” do with all the saved money coming from the tax cut is another unknown, perhaps some luxurious new home, car, or maybe put it to work and continue getting richer. While all this may be true to some degree, one of the “super rich” elite members has stepped fourth not only once but a few time but none compare to his current attempt to make change.

In the article “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich”, Warren Buffet, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, calls out our government on its claim that we must “shared sacrifice”. By means of using reliable statistics, expressing his compassion for the lower and middle class, and his morality. Buffet makes a great argument and justifies it by the use of logos, pathos, and ethos.

Throughout the article Mr. Buffet lists some statistics about his federal tax bill along with his tax rate, he also made available some precise information about previous tax rates. For example, Mr. Buffet stated in his article, “Last year my federal tax bill — the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf — was $6,938,744.” Stating this personal information creates numerous things. First, this being factual information it constructs logic, appealing to logos. Second, it creates credibility, Mr. Buffett seems like a more honest person appealing to ethos. Another example betide when Buffet stated, “In 1992, the top 400 had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that sum. In 2008, the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion — a staggering $227.4 million on average — but the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent.” Yet again...
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