There is this narrative that prevails in this country about hard work and self reliance. Quite frankly, its a lie. In fact most of those who are "self made" are anything but, whether its through connections, education or through the maintenance of a system that tolerates such gross inequalities in wealth distribution, no one has ever really made it 100% on his/her own. But, people believe in that tired story because it makes them feel good. I wish that the President would just be frank and honest about why tax increases are both important and necessary. Its not about patriotism (another lie in itself) or notions of altruism. Its the price we pay to live in this society and each of us to should be forced to pay according to our resources (this is a bit simplistic, but I think that the point still applies).