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CDR: Taxcrophobia

Taxcrophobia (from the Greek: α- [a negative prefix] + -τάξις [order] = “lack of order”; ἄκρον, ákron , meaning “peak, summit, edge”; and φόβος, phóbos, “fear”) is an extreme or irrational fear of deficit heights and rising tax rates. It belongs to a category of specific phobias, called fiscal and political discomfort that share both similar etiology and options for treatment.

Taxcrophobia sufferers can experience a panic attack when confronted with towering debt and become too agitated to function safely. At least 537 individuals in the general population have been confirmed as suffering from taxcrophobia. A possible contributing factor is dysfunction in maintaining budget balance.

Emotionally and physically, the response to taxcrophobia is similar to the response to any other phobia, including shaking, sweating, experiencing heart palpitations, difficulty thinking, lying and often incoherent political outbursts. It may also include feelings of dread and a paralysis of leadership and governance.

See also Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Congress, Bush Tax Cuts, Fiscal Cliff, ad nauseum


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