And per the New York Times, despite what GOP talking points tell us, Americans aren't exactly "paying ever more to finance the expansion of government" considering the tax burden for most Americans is lower than it was in the 1980s:
[I]n fact, most Americans in 2010 paid far less in total taxes — federal, state and local — than they would have paid 30 years ago. According to an analysis by The New York Times, the combination of all income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes took a smaller share of their income than it took from households with the same inflation-adjusted income in 1980. [...]
Tax rates at most income levels were lower in 2010 than at any point during the 1980s.
Who was president from January 20, 1981, to January 20, 1989 again? Oh that's right. Ronald Reagan.
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For more than 19 months, President Obama campaigned on the idea that if we're going to be successful, every American has to do their part and pay their fair share.
A centerpiece of his platform, and the campaign you built, was that income taxes should not go up on the middle class -- that the responsible way to pay down the deficit, while investing in education, job training, research and science, is to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more.
Right now, President Obama is asking you to think about what $2,000 a year means to you and your family.