One reason the rich pay less tax during high tax times is that there are far too many loopholes in the tax laws created by Congress to insure that Congressmen don't have to pay it. When taxes go up, the rich are willing to pay tax lawyers to find and use those loopholes. Since CONGRESS are all rich, you can bet they are NOT willing to pay the taxes they talk about charging the rich. Take Oblama, for instance. Do any of you honestly expect him to want to pay the taxes he insists is needed?