President Obama does not like to be challenged. During a Q & A in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week, a woman named Doris asked the president whether it was smart to raise taxes in the midst of a sluggish economic recovery. Doris is right -- taxes are going up, thanks to the health care law and the calendar (the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year), and every economist will tell you that tax hikes are a bad idea in a recessionary environment. "We are over-taxed as it is," Doris said. Maybe she'd read this so-sad-its-almost-funny New York Times piece on how states are taxing everything from hair cuts to funerals to cover budget shortfalls.