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Meanwhile, the Gallup poll showed a new record in the percentage of people who think the middle class pays too much in taxes. Forty-nine percent said taxes are too high, up from 36 percent in 2012.

Another study, this one by the Tax Foundation, found that Americans will spend more in taxes than they do on housing, food and clothing. That’s right: They’re going to fork over some $4.5 trillion — that’s trillion with a “T” — to the federal and local governments, but spend just $4 trillion on themselves.

The New York Times dropped an interesting number in an unusual report (for the superliberal paper), headlined “In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class.” Workers should spend no more than 30 percent of their wages for rent and utilities, but there are 90 cities where median rent is above median income.

“Nationally, half of all renters are now spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a comprehensive Harvard study, up from 38 percent of renters in 2000. In December, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan declared ‘the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known,’” the paper said.

You don’t have to be a tinfoil-hat-wearing nutball to see that something is coming, something big. America is out of whack, and Americans are getting frustrated. Quietly frustrated. Next, they’ll get angry. Then they’ll get noisy. And then, Americans will say, “Enough.”

Frankly, it’s going to take at least that to turn things around. And maybe more.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.