Here's the (ahem) money line:
Whaaaa? I'm sitting here, trying to get inside the head of a guy who earnestly (Patrick is always earnest) believes that a tax increase does not "take wealth away" from the taxpayer. Here's the best I can come up with: taxes are often deducted - as from a paycheck - before the money is ever in the taxpayers' hands. By imposing higher taxes, the government isn't "taking that wealth away," it just isn't letting us have it in the first place. You can't miss what you never had, right Governor? Makes perfect sense.
Critics call it a tax increase that will hurt the economic recovery and is unfair to people already paying the lion's share of total taxes.
But asked about it on MSNBC, Patrick said Obama's plan would impose "a fair amount of taxes" on people who are relatively wealthy."Nobody is talking about taking that wealth away," Patrick, who is in Washington for a National Governors Association meeting, said from in front of the White House.