So... when in your working lifetime have your federal taxes been lower than they are right now?
Coming back to this - it's simple.
I don't want to hear ANY talk about tax increases until I hear equal or exponentially more, about spending.
It's very simple to me. I pay 35% of my income in taxes. I see wasteful spending en masse. I see the government taking that money and giving it to people who can't be bothered to show up for work.
With a name like 'Geezer', I'm assuming you have kids (or are a big Black Sabbath bassist fan). I'll use a kid analogy:
If I give my kids $10 a week allowanc and they come crying because they 'need more allowance' for x,y,z. My first question is 'well,what do you need it for?' and the next is 'what happened to the $10 from this week, and last week and the week before? What did you buy'. They then proceed to tell me they wasted it away on candy, stupid Pokeman cards or Slurpees.
My response? Sorry, your decision was to waste it on silly things as opposed to saving up to buy what you want (say, a DS or iPod). So, no, you don't get more allowance...
SPEND THE GENEROUS AMOUNT I ALREADY GIVE YOU MORE WISELY.
That sums up my entire feeling about taxes.