The question we are responding to is: do we want the (already anemic) recovery to strengthen, or further weaken? Will hiking taxes raise revenue without destroying growth? Or not? Have revenue increases historically been used by Congress to pay down debt? Or justify further expansions in spending?
If we want to talk about issues of "deserve", then I would ask what is fair. We have spent alot of money on the middle class, and reduced their share of paying for it significantly. the US now takes a larger share of it's tax burden from it's high-income-households than any other industrialized nation. we have a more progressive tax code than France.
Frankly, I would like to see effective tax rates remain unchanged while we strip out all the special deals, loopholes, shelters, and other complexities and pork in the Tax Code. The boost to our economy from such a policy would be ginormous.