Subtitled: "The Endless Thanksgiving" Michael Hudson chronicles the regressive tax shift off wealth onto wage earner beginning with the 1982 Greenspan Commission ploy "of moving the cost of Social Security and Medicare out of the general budget (where it would have to be financed by taxpayers in the higher brackets) onto the bottom of the scale..." The former Wall Street Economist and current professor at UMKC then pulls out his short-term crystal ball: "The danger the United States faces today is that the government debt crisis scheduled to hit Congress next spring (when Republicans are threatening to vote against raising the federal debt limit as the government deficit soars) will provide an opportunity for the wealthy to give a coup de grace on what is left of progressive taxation in this country. "A flat tax on wage income and consumer sales would 'free' the rentiers from taxes on their property. "All governments have to levy taxes that is, they have to tax somebody. "Naturally, the super-rich would like this tax to be shifted off their shoulders onto those who have to work for a living. "In diametric opposition to Adam Smith and other putative 'founding fathers' of 'free market' neoliberalism, the super-rich want to shift taxes off 'free lunch' economic rent off interest, dividends, rents and capital gains onto wage-earners." "This tax shift already has been underway for the past thirty years. " It has doubled the proportion of the returns to wealth (interest, dividends, rents and capital gains) enjoyed by the wealthiest 1 per cent, from a reported one-third in 1979 to an estimated two-thirds of the U.S. total today. Look for a "fiscal 9/11" around Mothers Day with Alan Simpson headlining as "tax cutter" rather than "tax shifter." Think Obama will fold?