Xtra - Using your logic, why stop the top marginal rates at 39%? Take them to 50 - 60 - 70%. Heck, confiscate it all! Those Clinton budget "surpluses" you cite were also due to House Republicans holding the line on Federal spending, plus a booming economy following the Reagan Revolution (he, RR, employed the same tax reduction plan the JFK championed in 1962-63, btw). And GWB dealt with the 9/11 atrocity and was followed by an unemployment rate of only 5% due to his fiscal management - which conservatives often chided for not reigning in spending enough.