Hate "rich" people (which includes a million small business owners, some likely employ you) all you want and cry unfairness like a two year old, but in the end it will be you who pays in higher costs for everything or with your job. There was a significant slow down in in 1993 after Clinton and the Dems raised rates to the above amounts. He later agreed that it was too much. A quote: " . . . for when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner." Henry V, Shakespeare. Replace cruelty with "class envy" or "class hatred" and you will get the point.