Not especially. Also, it's not as if these potential changes will make themselves felt immediately upon January 1st.
Besides, given the fact that by and large the majority of taxpayers benefit from myriad government programs and regulatory statutes, having to actually pay for these programs seems like a logical consequence, doesn't it?
Taxes are going up next year, but it's not like we will all have to pay $6,000 Jan 1st. That's a worst case scenario figure, and the stakes are high for the politicians. I'm certain we will see a great deal of yelling and fingerpointing on TV before Jan. 1, but I think they'll work something out before it starts to impact the majority of the middle class.
I'll go about my spending like normal. That is to say, I don't plan on spending much. My family doesn't celebrate Christmas, but we have a Yule feast, so I don't have to worry about gift giving.
Also, what's this about higher taxes next year? This is the first I've heard of it.