It's as plain as day. Here is illustrative proof. Obama would rather give up tax revenue to the US Treasury if it meant he couldn't punish the successful. In other words, he's more interested in punishing success than he is in maximizing tax revenue.
Originally Posted by Misterveritis
From the 2008 Democratic Primary Debates:
GIBSON: And in each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased; the government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down.
So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?
OBAMA: Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.
Here is an article which speaks to the attitude of the Congressional Democratic leadership:
Mr. Cantor argued that some large portion of the income that flows through the top bracket comes from "pass-through entities"—that is, businesses—and "to me, that strikes at the core of what I believe should be the policy, and that is to provide incentives for entrepreneurs to grow."
By contrast, he says, "Never was there ever an underlying economic argument" from Democrats. "It was all about social justice. Honestly, one of them said to me, 'Some people just make too much money.'"