Your comment about me asking you to give tax avoidance advice to rich people makes no sense so I can't address that. You are talking about short term and long term capital gains. Short term gains are taxed at your normal rate. Long term gains are taxed at about 18%. Your income from your job is taxed at your normal rate. Up above you are implying that only the rich have stock gains or housing gains but now you are arguing that the middle class had their saving wiped out by the dot-com crash. That's not true plus it makes no sense given your comments above. The rest of this is a mostly unintelligible rant. I didn't say or imply that the wealthy shouldn't pay a slightly higher burden. The rest of your rant about "the government" is just that, a rant. Vote and get the government that you want.