When I was a progressively minded editorial writer, I was never opposed to higher income taxes. I come from a long line of Brunoris who knew neither terrible poverty nor great wealth. It was easy to shrug off attempts to tax people who were better off...
Who benefits from the taxes we pay seldom gets examined, but two reports on the redistributive effects of taxes and transfers shed some revealing light on this issue. One report deals with the United States and the other with Canada.
In America, taxes...