"The thought of helping others, howsoever limited one's ability to help others may be, is not to be avoided." ﻿
Nearly all of the discussion on raising, not raising or cutting taxes suffers from being disconnected from the root purpose of taxes. How much people are or aren't taxed should depend on how much money is needed for the government to perform the services and functions required by consent of the people. How much any individual is taxed should be based on what services they receive from the government with due consideration for that person's ability to pay. No one should be exempt from contributing his or her honest share. Since the role of government is to maintain an environment that does not hinder the success of the citizens, no one should be punitively or unfairly burdened by taxes.
Clearly the tax code and the public discourse of taxes had diverged from these principles. Rather than single out specific groups for added burdens and others for special favors, I suggest a comprehensive overhaul of the tax laws emphasizing pay for services, fairness, understandability, ease of compliance and enforcement.