I don't personally know anyone who has an iPad, but I know plenty of people who bought netbooks in 2008 and wouldn't be able to afford one now. And while I'm not saying at all that having an iPad or even a netbook should be a human right, I think it's misleading to say "consumers want tablets instead of netbooks" when the number of tablets sold are only 50-60% of what netbook sales were and still are (note the headline: "Sales of Tablet computers such as iPad outshine netbooks").
You should also include vehicle taxes and fees (such as tolls, state gas tax, DMV fees, excise taxes on cars, sales tax on cars, etc.) since in most parts of the country it's impossible to hold a job without having a car. Even then, there are still federal taxes on essentials, such as the federal gas tax and taxes on utilities.
>> Oh, and rent is not taxed anywhere.
But landlords do pay property taxes, and when property taxes go up, so does rent. People who rent also don't benefit from tax rebates or "homestead" exemptions.
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