Conservative friends like to remind me that about 50 percent of, mostly lower income, U.S. citizens pay no federal income tax. They feel that anyone who receives benefits from the government should pay taxes in return for those benefits. They also feel that if tax rates were lowered it would spur the economy and eventually trickle down economics should help the lower class. To me, this sounds pretty much like raising the taxes on the poor and lowering them on the rich. Compassionate conservatism??