"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
It just again shows how messed up the tax system is. Too few people paying in, using arbitrary rules to tax them, and using the tax code to try and force behavior. Its really not understandable how anyone can like the system and not support a total overhaul.
Lets also not forget that millionaires and every one else also paid 7.5% payroll tax on wages, which went into social security and general tax, and govt cut that, reducing the revenue for SS, which was already not taking in enough. That will expire in 30 days.
I'm sure there are many others who feel as you do. However, your feelings and reality have taken divergent courses.
Assuming you work, I'm confident that you do pay taxes. If you don't work, I'm (assuming) that you receive free money from the USG. Declaring your independence means nothing.
The progressive tax system has become the default because its the only strategy that has at least some element of fairness to it. You could argue that we have a head tax, a flat tax, or even the brilliant Speckle-tax BUT the fact is, none of these alternate systems have any chance of becoming law.
And yes, your Government does many things that are not outlined in the Constitution. The original Constitution and its subsequent Bill Of Rights and other amendments have long since been modified, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. But trying to use the Constitution as a point of debate, is just hopeless.
So, since the government engages in many activities and maintains the largest military in the world, and you don't have a choice, these activities must be funded some way. Since my idea of no taxes, kust prnt the money, has been met with a deafening silence, the current tax system is the best we have go so far. The major flaw is the thousands of loopholes created by corrupt politicians in collusion with their donor beneficiaries. Just eliminating ALL deductions and loopholes would provide more than enough funding but this peculiar empathy we show to the Daddy Warbucks set and the absence of income from The Little Orphan Annie set, seems to preclude any such logical action. So, taxes will have to increase ands new loopholes will b3 created or discovered to reward certain beneficiaries.
A flat tax is as utterly regressive as the so called "Fair Tax" and I''ve never understood the advocacy for this.
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”
― Thomas Jefferson
It is regressive. I make $10K and pay $1K leaving me with $9K. You make $1M and pay $100K leaving you with $900K. We both need a car. I can't buy one with a year of income, you can buy 20 of them (but you won't).
Nobody advocates total equality. But yes, higher incomes can and should pay a higher percentage. The taxes we have now and are under discussion are not unreasonable.