I have been hearing talks about this along the aisle where one person says that the rich need to pay their fair share and another saying, no the rich do pay their fair share as it is. I am grossly oversimplifying the situation as the talks go much more in depth than what I've stated, but that essentially, from my own hearing and internalizations, is what it sounds like. To foster possibly a debate or discussion I wanted to know how much the rich are being taxed and that led me to a few google searches and under the new health care law, it would seem that the rich would be taxed a percentage and under these new rates that have been enacted to avoid the fiscal cliff, they are seemingly set at the Clinton rates of prior years. My sources from what I have stated so far: (3.8% surtax on investment income due to the new health care law or Obamacare) Fiscal Cliff Deal http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/03/us-usa-tax-irs-idUSBRE8B21HA20121203 http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/02/politics/fiscal-cliff/index.html My only concern is why are people saying Obama compromised severely and that he should have stuck with his election pitch? From those two links and a bit of other research, it seems to me that the tax rates are high as it is. Am I not getting something?