Taxation at the federal, state and local level has become crippling for the middle class. There must be a bi-partisan discussion on how to reduce the tax burden or we will go the way of Venezuela. When we live in a society where the incentive to work hard and achieve is taken away by over taxation, there will be no money left over for social programs to benefit those most in need in our society. Quite simply, why work hard when the majority of your wealth is taken away? More than half of my military retirement goes to pay federal, state, excise and property taxes. In fact, I had to purchase a home 40 miles from my place of employment to be able to afford to live in Massachusetts. I believe my struggle is common to most people living in the state of Massachusetts.