I'm not staid and unbiased here. I have certain biases I want to convey, and if you disagree, that's fine.
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The rich pay more in total taxes now than ever before - ever. It's true. Just like it's true that when the rich are convinced they're going to be taxed more, they spend less. And when the top few percenters don't spend, there goes all your spending, because they account for half of all retail spending.