That's like punishing people just because they're wealthy and some people aren't. Sure, some wealthy people find loopholes, but LOTS of wealthy people DO pay their taxes; you can't lump them all together. My in laws are well off, but they worked their asses off for it - my FIL sacrificed a lot of "dad time" with my husband to be a good provider for his family and to accumulate capital. Should they be punished for that more than anyone else? I don't think so. Think about how much you pay out of your paycheck for things like Medicaid, etc. Then add a few extra zeros to the end - that's how much 'rich people' pay for things like Medicaid. I do agree with the celebrity thing, though - if they are such humanitarians, why don't they start at home in their own country? I have often found that puzzling. But again, a lot of them do - you just don't hear about it as much. And if we move to socialized medicine, the "little people" will still pay for healthcare - it's funded by tax money. It really makes no difference- it has to come from somewhere. All this stimulus bill money, blah blah blah and healthcare crap Obama is taking about - WHERE is the money coming from? Who has that kind of money lying around? It sounds great on paper, but it has to come from somewhere - OUR pockets. There is such animosity for the wealthy in this country, unfortunately, and the policies of Obama don't do much to help that. I've never understood how the majority of Democrats can be for the 'little guy' when you consider the outrageous wealth of people like the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi (her and her husband's combined assets make her the wealthiest member of Congress, from what I've read), and Obama himself (hello - can we say $1.5 MILLION house??) I don't see how people can identify with that. I know I can't. Perhaps those wealthy people accumulated their wealth not through swindling others, but by saving and working hard to secure their futures. If others did the same, then Medicaid wouldn't need to exist, I bet.