It's interesting and maybe it's something to think about...
|If you make...|| you'd |
| you'd |
|less than $19,000||$567||$21|
|$2796 || |
|If you're in the top 5% of earners...|| you'd pay |
| you'd |
|more than $2.87 million||$542,882||$290,708|
*Source: Tax Policy Center. Numbers have been rounded. For complete details, go to TaxPolicyCenter.org.
If your annual salary is less than $112,000, you’d pay less in taxes under Obama’s plan; if your salary is higher, McCain would cut your taxes more. “While the aggregate tax cut is bigger for McCain, a larger number of voters get more money under Obama,” says Alan Viard, a tax-policy expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “Obama is choosing to emphasize tax cuts for the middle class, whereas McCain’s strategy is to keep rates lower at the top as a way to facilitate long-run growth.” For example, a person with an income of $1 million could see his taxes increase under Obama by as much as $94,000, whereas under McCain’s plan he could save about $48,000.
— Rebecca Davis O'Brien
So I guess you could conclude that if you are middle class and keen on paying more taxes, I'd say McCain is your guy. If you're in the top five percent of wage-earners or you're a trust fund baby with more money than you know what to do with, McCain would seem a prudent choice.
If you're middle class and struggling and living paycheck-to-paycheck like many of us, well, you do the math.