What is being proposed in Washington right now is what is called "VAT". A definition of VAT, or Value Added Tax, can be found on VAT.COM. This tax is defined as, "an indirect tax on consumer expenses. VAT is charged and collected at each stage of the production process and not only on the final sale. VAT is normally borne by the consumer by the price paid for goods and services."
In the middle of what Obama claimed many times over to be the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Washington is kicking around the idea of a VAT (which will increase the cost of goods and services) and increasing taxes on upper income families (increasing the cost of goods and services because this economic class of people own many of the businesses we patronize - a double whammy. Good plan!)
So, what about the middle class's taxes not going up? As I said months ago, this wouldn't happen. I said last year right here that we would all end up being considered "rich", just like the Clinton years.
The time for action is right now. E-mail your Congressmen and Congresswomen TODAY before this thing gains momentum. Congress is where these massive tax increases can be stopped. If we threaten the jobs of those in Congress, it can be stopped before it gains support. Job insecurity seems to be the ONLY thing they REALLY understand.