Or as a No, but with a nodding approval and sympathetic understanding for the plight of the SEIU's thugs? Like Saul of Tarsus, I'm guessing he'll just hold everyone's cloak while they stone me.
Y'know, Joan, you got me thinking about bloated government and how I'm supporting all these deadbeats and stuff, so I looked at my extremely large tax bill for 2009. I'm in that ugly stratosphere where most of the write-off and deductions have phased out and I'm paying at least 10x or 20x or more compared to the government services I use directly or indirectly. I'm self-employed so I get to pay both sides of the Social Security contribution.
Y'know what? My combined state and federal bill, comparing total taxes paid to raw, gross $ made is a mere 21% This is far less than I paid under your Ronnie Raygun when I was a starving college student.
I just can't get real offended that someone can do 20 years in the military and 20 years in the police force and then retire comfortably or that teachers can work in shitty jobs for years but in exchange get a reasonable retirement package. (I am offended with dumb tenure rules and hate unions for that stupidity but that's a different rant).
Greek taxes are 40% in the upper brackets on top of a 10-20% VAT.
I'll believe Obama has turned me into a Euro-socialist-pussy the moment I decide not to work harder and earn an extra dollar because 50% of what I make goes to The Man. At 21% I'd happily pay more for shorter lines at the DMV and better salaries (and even pensions) to attract good teachers judges, prosecutors, etc.
Seriously, Joan, what was *your* total raw tax rate (gross income to actual taxes paid) for 2009?