I know, I know, an oxymoron... Seriously, though, I am a registered republican but have always listened to both sides of arguments. One thing I've asked the few democrats I've known is to coherently explain how increasing regulations/ taxes on corporations and raising personal taxes on the "rich" actually creates jobs and makes everyone's lives better. Serious question. It always sounds good politically to say, "vote for me and I'm going to sock it to the rich." But how does that actually increase the take-home pay of someone making $35,000/year? It seems to me that lambasting people who have become economically successful is counter-productive on 2 fronts: 1) it promotes jealousy toward those who have "made it" 2) it creates a feeling of hopelessness, as if to say to people, "you can't do well financially, you'll never make it, you need my help as a democratic politician - so vote for me" I'll never forget when Kerry was debating Bush and Kerry looked out at the audience and said, rather presumptuously, "none of you look like you make $200k/year." He was trying to defend rescinding the Bush tax cuts, thereby promoting an increase, and as usual tried to make the argument that only the "rich" benefit from tax cuts. To me that one little statement spoke volumes and no one in the media seemed to catch it. So in conclusion, my democrat friends, I truly want to understand your point of view, as no one has been able to adequately explain this. Please answer the following: 1) How do tax increases/regulations cause corporations to hire more people at a higher salary? 2) If a tax is in place, is it wrong to ever rescind it? 3) If the minimum wage works, why not raise it to $30/hr? 4) If raising taxes works, why not tax everyone at 80%? How much taxation is too much? There are many other questions, but these will suffice for now. Please, no name calling - intelligent responses only. Thanks.