As entertaining as the various threads focusing on taxes, 'eating the rich', and so on are here in the Politics forum, I thought I'd interject a different opinion piece so we can refocus our debate on the real elephant in the room. Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel laureate who published a thought-provoking piece in the May 2011 issue of Vanity Fair titled "Of The 1%, By The 1%, For The 1%". In his article, Stiglitz points out that the top 1% of Americans (in terms of wealth, not income) have steadily improved their lot over the years and usually at the expense of the rest of America. Just as it is not 'radical left' to believe taxes should offset the actual cost of governing and operating a republic, it is not 'right wing' to insist that such taxation be done fairly. I think on this much we can agree: taxes are a necessary evil and the only consensus position found in American politics on taxes is to lower them despite the fact that we are enjoying some of the lowest tax rates we've seen in this country in sixty years. Stiglitz points out that this very situation contributes to gross inequality in America -- while obvious that such inequality doesn't serve the majority of Americans, he posits it will also ultimately undermine the rich among us. Regardless of your opinions of Stiglitz, read the article and share your views.