@Markerrag -- What's wrong with taxing large estates heavily? We're talking about assets that have already been taxed once, so why tax them again?
Here's what I mean. Let's say that Joe passes away with an estate valued at $10 million. The cash was already taxed as income and property taxes were paid on everything else. In that instance, is it right for the government to show up and tax everything again?
There is no doubt that the feds are hard up for cash. That's not the fault of people receiving inheritances. Why should they be penalized because the federal government can't figure out how to spend less than it collects?