Have you been hitting the glass ****?! I live in the state with one of the highest minimum wages, highest state revenues, and the biggest economy in the union but I would be more than welcome to make half of what you consider 'middle class'. Even a quarter of it. I could live quite comfortably on it I assure you. However I do agree on your assessment that making the 'rich', who already pay the most, pay more isn't exactly fair or productive.