Well, maybe, and maybe not. IF you're on the lower end of the economic ladder ( say under 30k/yr), probably NOT. Wife calls me this morning.....she is running payroll for her employees and came up with an interesting fact....most of them are getting a pay cut. Seems the social security side of the check did go down, and there is more money there....BUT the Obama "incentive to work" tax credit that was applied to paychecks in 2010 ended, and income taxes went up. Her average employee's check was about 20-25 bucks less ( two week pay period )...their pay runs the same each two weeks which is why she noticed it, and starting calling the tax and software folks to see if something was wrong with the computer. With all the hoopla and crying about the "bush era tax cut extension", You didn't hear JACK about THAT in the news media, did ya ?