I enjoyed your paen to hard work and it got me thinking about taxes again. You point to a NY Times story on the fiscal woes of Sicily which contains the interesting factoid there are 26,000 auxiliary forest rangers on the island.
Federal government spending has increased under Obama, in dollars as well as a percent of GDP. This is just a continuation of the trend from George Bush. (Bushbama, let's call them).
Should we raise taxes? No. Not a dime on anyone. Not until we get rid of the equivalent of our auxiliary forest rangers.