"Middle-income Americans are now paying federal taxes at or near historically low levels, according to the latest available data. That's true whether it comes to their federal income taxes or their total federal taxes." HT: Rob Schofield at The Progressive Pulse for putting us on to this info
It pleasures the tea-partiers no end to scream about being taxed to death, when the evidence is exactly the opposite. Our tax bill on April 15th certainly went down, though nothing else in our personal situation had changed from last year.
The tea-partiers won't hear it. Their ears are stuffed with the noxious cotton-wadding of Fox News. Either that, or they're part of the filthy rich who can and should pay more for the sake of the commonweal and are terrified at the thought of funding anything other than senseless wars against third-world enemies.