In constant dollars, in 1974 the average income of the top .1% was about $1 million dollars. In 2007, it was about $7 million. So of course if you're seven times richer you're going to pay more in taxes, even if your tax rate is half what it was before. But you're going to have that much more left over. The rich whining about paying so much in taxes is like someone whining because his suitcase of gold bullion is soooo heavy. Boo hoo.