You wouldn't know it by the Tea Party fits, but we're paying lower taxes this year (even with increases passed by many states to balance their budgets).
Congress cut individuals' federal taxes for this year by about $173 billion shortly after Obama took office, dwarfing the $28.6 billion in increases by states.
In the next few years, Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes for individuals making more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000. They can afford it.
"The fact is in the past year we have had more tax cuts than almost anytime in our nation's history," said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. "It's something that people don't realize because of the false rhetoric that is spread throughout this Congress."