I really don't get too worked up about the details of the taxes. Whatever they do, those in the middle pay the freight. Those truly with a low income have no money, so you can't get blood from a rock. Those with high income year over year, can afford to structure their life to avoid paying taxes or passing them on to somebody else. Reduce per capita spending and the burden will go down. That is the first and foremost priority. That is the only way that the real tax burden bore on the middle income people will actually be reduced.
My preference is for a flat rate above a certain income with no refundable tax credits and few lifestyle deductions. Like we are going to get politicians off their handout addiction or any other sensible reform without term limits. I would put term limits ahead of reduced spending as a priority.
How they nickel and dime us really doesn't matter to me. We have to pay the bills and all the games they play with the tax code, fees, etc., will not change the amount of money that they must get out of the average person.
The current Federal expenditures for FY08 is estimated $2,918B. Assuming 300M people in the U.S., that is a per capita spending of $9,717 per person or the average family of 4 has a federal tax burden of $38,907. A good chunck of that comes from taxes that are passed on to you such as the higher cost passed on from corporate taxes, which reduce the value of your pension or 401k and raise the prices of everything that you buy or federal taxes on gasoline.
If you are about average, this is what you are paying and it doesn't matter what it says you are paying on your 1040. A simple tax form would help reveal some of the shell game that is going on, which wouldn't hurt.