This thread is really about how we should change our tax system. Should we have a flat tax? Should we lower income taxes for the rich more than the middle class, should we lower income taxes about the same for all groups, should tax-cuts be concentrated for the middle class and poor? Should taxes for the rich go up? Should taxes on the middle class and poor also be raised? Here is a link to an image showing effective tax rates on different income groups. http://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2011/02/img/te07chart2.jpg The poor pay about 7% in federal taxes, the middle class pay about 16%, the moderately wealthy pay about 20% and the super-rich pay about 17%. What would your ideal tax rates by? Mine would be 5% for poor, 10% for middle class, 20% for moderately wealthy, and 35% for the super-wealthy.