Our tax system in this country is all wrong. Most people pay state taxes that are significantly less than federal taxes. The federal government which has strictly defined responsibilities takes more of our money than do the states and communities we live in. Why should the federal government take our tax money only to give it back to the states as aid? It seems to me we would all be better served if we paid the majority of our tax dollars locally. Currently In income taxes alone I am in the 33% federally and in my state I'm in the 5% bracket. At the end of the day 22% of my income was taken by the feds and 5% by the state. Would we not all be better served if the numbers were flipped? I would rather pay the higher percentage locally where I as a member of the community have more control over my representatives rather than having the federal government take the lion's share of my money and then give it back to the state after wasting a good portion of it paying bureaucrats to shuffle papers around. I would propose paying 7.5% of income directly to the town or city in which one lives 7.5% to the state and 10% to the feds. Do this and get rid of all deductions and refundable tax credits etc. We could reduce the size of the federal government and implement smaller albeit more numerous local governments where we all have more direct control and can keep our representatives on a much tighter leash. Our situations would improve dramatically as the majority of tax dollars would be kept and spent locally where the impact is greatest.