First of all, if it's dependent upon state of residence, possibly the State income taxes are too high.
I do know that I basically scrape by from check to check, and I owe another $900 in taxes. Where I'll get that, I have no idea. Someone living paycheck to paycheck should not be paying that much in taxes. Maybe that's about spending levels, but if someone in a higher income bracket has to pay more so that those of us who struggle do not, I think that's OK.
Also, my income is not in the top 53%. So if 47% of people aren't paying taxes, obviously some people with a much higher income than me are getting off easy. Because I am paying taxes, and my income definitely puts me in the lower half.