While he certainly knows more mega-rich people than I do, his point rests on the purported fact that the very rich wouldn’t mind being taxed more.
Republicans have long said that taxing the rich pushes jobs out of the country and sends a message to the mega-millionaires that investing in the economy is against their self-interests. How can we simply rely on Buffet’s assertion that this is not the case among the philanthropic people he knows as the basis for taxing them more? Why does it matter what they want or what they are willing to do? Is that not, in and of itself, coddling?