Currently US taxes are 26% of GDP, the EU is 35.7% and the OECD is 34.8%. Canada is 32.2% and Mexico is 19.7%. 26.6 puts us right on the bottom edge of industrialized nations, any less and we will be squarely in third world numbers, thus the reason we have huge deficits and strain so badly to maintain a decent social safety net. Any tax plan put forward needs to raise our tax level a few points if we want to afford UHC, social security, Medicaid or other government programs. 35% seems to be the middle of the road number...to reach that we will have to raise taxes on the 1%, it cant all come from the middle and working class.