I found this (now-purloined) graph prepared by an economist writing about health care in the United States in the New York Times. His purpose was much different than mine. I’m reproducing it to show how politicians blatantly lie every time they say they’re going to tax the wealthy and leave the middle class alone. Yeah, right. All the money is in the middle, as the graph clearly shows (totals include cost of benefits and Social Security/Medicare contributions borne by employee and employer):