However, on this issue, I agree with him: taxes _are_ the price we pay for civilized society, and I would go a little further and say you get what you pay for.
I like Krugman. But I often feel like he's sort of pussyfooting around some of the main issues, perhaps because everyone from slightly right of center all the way to whatever passes for "extreme" left wing in this country seems to be terrified of engaging in "class warfare". One of my grandfathers was a wobbly. And he was a conservative jackass, at least until a series of strokes shut him up and eventually killed him. I generally speaking just don't get political discourse. I don't know if it's because I'm spectrum-y, or because I was raised in a time warp or what. But I don't get it.
See, I think that if you're going to be accused of something anyway, and the thing is worth doing, you might as well quit stalling and just Go There. I feel like this is a baby step towards Going There. The rich are a minority in this country. We can take what they took from us since the Reagan rewrite of the tax code and redistribute it in a more equitable manner. We just have to be willing to do it. Even if we think we might some day be rich.
Even if we are rich. Right now.