Please sir, if your going to make an argument for higher taxes have the common decency to make a valid one. No one in their right mind would ever think that children are Thugs. It's simply ludicrous to even foster such a thought. You have defeated your own argument by making such repugnant statement. A valid argument is that those services can be provided with a much leaner Government. For example, the US education has deteriorated considerably besides the fact that we are spending more than ever per child in our public schools. Next time try making valid points, if have any, for the Left. Otherwise keep your self-righteous propaganda to yourself. We have enough incoherent Left leaning American as it is.