We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Re New York's taxes: a little while ago, before the administration of Paterson in NYawk or His Hopeful Changeness in DC, there was a debate over school funding. Part of the debate model was that increasing taxes would drive out those who had large but not ridiculous incomes, leaving a shrinking tax base until the base collapsed. It was poo-pooed at the time.
The time was 1972. The result has happened in places like NYawk and Mattatusets. It didn't happen in a single catastrophe, so the progressives missed it. But happen it has.