So basically what I'm getting at is that deductions for charitable donations, mortgage interest, state/local taxes paid, employee contributions to retirement accounts, accelerated depreciation, and the domestic production deduction are not tax loopholes. The exclusion from taxable income of employer contributions to retirement accounts and exclusion of employer provided health insurance are not loopholes. The lower rate on capital gains are not loopholes. These are all things I have seen in various articles referred to as loopholes. By definition they are not.
Now I'm not saying that all of these things are sacred cows. I'm only suggesting that we have an honest discussion about such things without all the psychological trickery.