Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes
Conventional wisdom holds that Americans hate taxes. But Brookings Fellow Vanessa Williamson argues that the conventional wisdom is wrong. Americans view taxpaying as a civic responsibility and a moral obligation, a sign that one is a contributing member of the community and the nation. But many worry that some people are shirking their tax responsibilities and that government uses their money to benefit the elite few rather than the public interest. Ironically, the depth of the American civic commitment to taxpaying makes the failures of government, perceived and real, especially potent frustrations.