I am comin' to LOVE the idea of wildly progressive or even Windfall Profits taxes... a tax that nearly by definition is arbitrarily and puntively imposed upon one particular segment of our society that the majority holds an unhealthy prejudice.
Below are my ideas for the fair application of the US tax burden:
All Members of Congress. The tax starts at 10% of their gross income (regardless of source) on top of their regular tax burden and increases 10% every year they are in office. After one term, a Senator should be paying close to 100% of their income , and after three terms, a typical representative will. This can replace term limits! However, I'll bet it has little or no effect on their lifestyles.
All Members of the Screen Actors Guild Who Make Over $1 Million Per Year. I know that they are not ALL nincompoops, but, like me, they chose to work in an industry that many hate. And by God, THAT compensation is a windfall! Not only that, their job gives them way too much undue influence on public discourse... a dangerous thing to hand to talking chimps. So, those that don't avail themselves to the Bully Pulpit- 10% Off the Top. Those that do- 75% Off the Top.
All Members of the Directors and Screenwriters Guild. Ditto. Except for Michael Moore. 120% and all of his candy bars.
Professional Athletes. I don't think we need to worry about 'em. Most of them will be broke soon enough anyway. Those that aren't, well... they are Masters of the Universe.
Anyone That Advocates Taking My Money For "The Schoolchildren of Whatever State". All of it. They have ceded their souls for a soundbite. Best they lead me by example.
Anyone Involved In the Womens Apparel, Cosmetics, Vanity Business. These vampires have hobbled the psyche and the soul of the better half of our society by trying (mostly successfully) to make even the most beautiful, the most intelligent, and the most productive American women nearly neurotically insecure about themselves in an effort to sell them silly sh**. We have seen the psychic wreckage that they (mostly males) have done to our wives, girlfriends, and daughters... women intrinsically capable of ruling the world. Now they are focusing on our young men. Well, thanks a pantload for this. 150% tax, and off with their heads.
Lawyers. Mine 0%, Others, 50%. I just threw that in because I knew you all would agree with the statement. Your own lawyer is a great guy, the rest are parasites. I really don't think we should tax 'em preferentially, I think we shouldjust tell them we are all full up now, and we need to decrease the number by about 50% in three months, and let them figure it out themselves. Preferably with Bowie Knives.
Anyone Who Works In A Professional Job For the IRS. Regular Joes, 35%. Enforcement, 75%. 'Nuff said.
Anyone Who Works For the Government. Across the Board... 50%. We gotta pay your ridiculous non Social Security pensions somehow. Why should it come out of my pocket? Talk about hobbling the "schoolchilrun"... wait until they have to pay for these retired hordes!
My Next Door Neighbor. He is a jackass. 75%. hah.
TV and Radio Pundits. 90%. I don't care what side of the political spectrum, they lead to the polarization of the body politic. The fact that Republicans look at Democrats as traitors, and that some far left Democrats will ACT like traitors, falling over themselves to do deals with Hugo Chavez and cry on the shoulder of the "great man" Fidel Castro just in order to undercut Republicans show how low we have sunk. It makes me sick. I cannot help but think that Kennedy, Truman, Roosevelt and Nixon on the one side of the political spectrum, and Ronald Reagan on the other, are turning in their graves. (Yes, I said Nixon on the left. After all, he gave us price controls, the EPA, expanded welfare, and the "Beta Chimp" approach to foreign policy that nearly allowed the worst form of government ever invented to take over the world. In fact, he is so far left of Kennedy, Roosevelt, and Truman, all of who REALLY hated Communism, that Nixon belongs in a category of Hell that will be shared only with Jimmuh Carter and Cyrus Vance. Of course Cyrus and Nixon will clean Jimmuh out of his Hell dollars pretty quick in crooked poker games, because I still choose to believe that Jimmuh's road to his final resting place was paved with good intentions, whereas Vance and Nixon were paved with diabolical hubris and power seeking).
People With Whom I Am Competing For A Lease. 1000%. May you rot in hell, you lying bastards.
Stupid People that Don't Agree With Me, and Bad Drivers Who Bother Me. 100%. think of how calm and serene I will be in knowing that if you disagree with me or annoy me in the least little bit, all your income for the year will disappear into the vast Keynesian zero multiplier nothingness of government. Kind of Zen Taxing for me. Not so Zen for you. heh heh. VERY satisfying!
I am sure you can come up with creative ways of Progressive taxing on your own... it is fun, and free! At least for now!