Mr. Rangel, lauded here in a previous post, is an example of the reason people don’t want to pay taxes. He treated himself better than most people could treat themselves, thanks to the power of his office. His success came thanks also to his friendliness and love for people, to be sure, but he broke the rules.
So people distrust their representatives who write Federal tax laws and want to keep their power down.
Our work is cut out for us. The Democrats could gain a lot of credibility by trying Mr. Rangel and voting against him not on friendship but on the merits.