I suppose the silver lining here is that the government is a pendulum and swings right then left then right over and over through the years. If looking at it in a progressive way, it takes two steps forward (progressive) then one step back (regressive) we've entered the later but it will swing the other way in time. I think many problems (ATC included) would do better with a more progressive tax structure. I have believed for a long time that the solution to many infrastructure and other domestic issue would benefit from a flat tax. 15% of gross income no exceptions no deductions. If you earn 100K a year you pay 15K, period. 200K, 30K. Period and on. Taxes could be done on an index card. You wouldn't need Turbo Tax and all that other junk. Hello bridges roads and airstrips!