When you are a member of the very wealthy minority and the spirit of the times (in the form of a populist revolt or reform movement by those in the majority to, say, tax the rich more) is showing you the writing on the wall, it is "smart" and “strategic" to coopt the language of revolt (as by “voluntarily” requesting to "Raise our Taxes, Please") in order to appease and blunt the threatening impact of a greater and more adverse demand by the electorate and their electeds.
It is the familiar tactic of offering something to try to pre-empt, forestall or block an even larger hit, particularly when, as now, it's clear you're a member of a wealthy class that would be outnumbered electorally, if push comes to shove.
We’ve seen this before recently. This latest strategic tax gambit by the wealthy is reminiscent of Warren Buffet's "initiative" some years ago to strategically blunt the growing demands to eliminate entirely (by letting lapse) the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, when, you may recall, he proposed a modest tax-rate increase on the wealthy that would only be marginally greater than what it would be for his secretary. Remember that one? Even Mr. Obama fell for that.
Again, it was a clever tactic to make it appear that the super-wealthy beneficiaries of the exorbitant Bush tax-cut giveaways were “on the side of reform,” and were not really “the enemy,” in order to maintain control of the political agenda with the very same electeds funded by the super-wealthy and the corporatocracy, and to thereby defend and maintain their inordinately tax-favored status.
Always note how these “voluntary” “tax-me-more” initiatives are always accompanied by very specific proposed rate targets that actually limit the impact of an anticipated, but otherwise open-ended, likely increase in taxes.
Yes, it’s all very “smart” and “strategic” having very little, if anything, to do with tax fairness, or really redistributing wealth to benefit the public common good.
Please, folks, let’s not get snookered and duped AGAIN by this clever defensive move to keep things more or less as they have been. It’s WE who lose with this ruse.