Let us not forget forged into the rich are unions and educators. Is there a continental divide between taxing wealthy producers and consumers? Pass a flat tax where everyone pays and stop the Socialist dialogue. The healthier the economy the more tax revenue. Notice that when the economy is suffering our government feels no pain, hire more government workers, regulate business, raise taxes, raise their pay? When we index government wages to the economy , we have brought the reality of sharing with those of us that experience the laws they enact.