Since you didn't answer earlier, here it is again:
You wrote, "The conservatards here somehow think it's stealing to make rich people pay the SAME TAX RATES as the middle class."
Please explain. The rich people pay a higher rate on their earned income than most Americans. They also pay the same rate or a slightly higher rate on capital gains than most Americans.
Where do you get this about the rich not paying the same tax rates? They pay higher.