I keep one central thing at the front of my mind at all times when reading political news. Between the state (CA) and the feds I pay 40% in taxes. My dear old dad (a doctor) has been telling me for decades "when they go for more money it's always from people like us". When I talked to him on fathers day he said "so, you are a 1%er ha ha". Actually, I am not. Still, if I could have the money I pay in taxes ($100,000/year) I could fund schools. I could pay health insurance for the old people in my family. I could and would invest in local business and banks. I don't NEED my money except to buy some nerdy computer stuff once in a while. ALL of my money is spent on my family. I drive a used honda. I'm a smart guy. I know what to do.