Further reading (and outrages)

Learn more about the financial burdens of average people

America: Who Really Pays the Taxes? by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele (1994)

Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street, and the Frustration of American Politics by Kevin Phillips (1994)

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich (2005)

Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich—and Cheat Everybody Else by David Cay Johnston (2003)

Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill) by David Cay Johnston (2007)

The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are Going Broke by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi (2003)

Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith (2012)

—Dennis Myers