In a world where middle class American families have effectively made zero economic progress in a decade, many are waiting for the next shoe to drop - as governments also try to figure out how to make more tax income from those embattled average workers.
That precarious climate has led many politicians to begin pointing a finger at the tax preferences that help support the limited benefits many American workers enjoy - namely their ever-dwindling employee-based health care and their retirement plans.
The short-sightedness of some of those reform proposals is becoming increasingly clear, forum presenters noted. For instance, those leaders hot to jump on the alleged tax losses from tax-deferred retirement accounts fail to consider that the benefits are just that, deferred - and the government will eventually recoup the losses.
Even the math used may be wrong, experts say. There's a huge difference between tax expenditure estimates and revenue estimates - revenue estimates incorporate taxpayer behavior, and tax expenditures do not.