Compare and contrast and be reminded, yet again, that the United Kingdom and the United States play by different rules. During his press conference this afternoon - on which more later - Barack Obama took great care to reiterate his opposition to tax increases for "middle-class" Americans (ie, those earning under $200,000 a year). Increasing taxes, he said, would "take money out of the system".
You can certainly argue that both positions are reasonable, even correct. What's interesting is the difference in emphasis.