When Warren Buffet goes into the store to buy socks, the clerk does not ask him how much he earns in order to determine the price to charge him. The store sets a price to cover the cost of the socks plus a profit and charges the same price for all.
Why does government not follow this private sector model when it comes to charging for government services? Government should charge users of government services a fee to recover the cost of the service plus a surplus (if desired).
General taxes (income, sales, property, estate, etc.) do not match payment to the government for services rendered and thus are inherently unfair. People with high incomes, high spending, much property, or who die wealthy pay more than their fair share to fund government.
If President Obama is truly interested in having everyone pay their fair share, he should push for the elimination of general taxes to be replaced by revenues based on a fee for service basis.
Thomas C. Schuelke, Mesa