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.
The entire 'progressive taxation' paradigm is defective, as is the keynesian 'pump priming' rationalization for bigger and bigger government spending aka vote buying. This attachment to 'progressive' tax policy needs to be rationalized and 'intellectualized' since it is, on it's face, contrary to common sense. It's a system which assumes that the entities holding the coercive, police and taxing powers are somehow different from you and me and operate without self-interest. How silly is that?