HOS? There hasn't been any name calling, backstabbing or the like! (Well, except Russ calling everyone morons)
Dangit Russ, it's all your fault!!!
BTW, tax code has but one correct answer. Whether it is ethically correct is an entirely different beast...
Scott, after re-reading all your posts, this is the summary of the points I'm getting from you (Please correct as it doesn't make sense in my head):
1). Joe worker works his butt off and only gets to keep seventy cents on the dollar
2). Joe worker is paying for Mary, the homeless crack mama's eighteen kids
3). This is outragous so Joe shouldn't have to pay for it
4). Rich people should
5). Why? Because they are evil and keeping Joe down.
6). Another reason: the rich keeping fifty five cents out of every dollar is still too high.
That's how I'm reading your argument. BTW, I hope no one you know (mentioned) gets audited by the IRS.