You deserve the deductions mike...we all do. I dont mind putting into the "pot" so to speak. Taxes are not going to disappear. My complaint is with how they are spent. Not everyone is going to be sucessful individual. Things happen injuries, illness, disability, death, it can happen to ANY one and I do believe in a safety net for when those things do happen. My gosh the people I have seen ruined by their medical bills who HAD insurance. Really who are we to complain about the current state of the economy any way we all voted right?