Who has the tax burden?

According to a recent study by the nonpartisan Congressional
Budget Office…

“Those who make more than $43,200 (the top 40%
of U.S. wage earners) pay 99.1% of all income taxes. Those who
made more than $87,300 in 2004, the top 10%, paid 70.8% of all
income taxes, an increase from their share of 48.1% in 1979.
Think about it. Ten percent pay seven out of every 10 dollars
and their share of the burden is rising.”
–Ari Fleischer in The Wall Street Journal

So a just system would be one in which the top 10% paid, what 10% of taxes? Imagine a world in which there were but two people. One makes $200,000, and the other $20,000. There is a flat tax of 10%, I pay 20,000 in taxes. The person that makes 10 times as much has to pay 91% of the island’s taxes. The person that makes four times as less pays 9%. Considering that the wealthier person now has $180,000 to do whatever he needs to live, and the other a measly $18,000, shouldn’t the concern be on why there is such a disparity between the two people’s income?

I believe everyone should pay their fair share in a society. But if paying that fair share means you can’t afford food, basic shelter, and clothing, then I’m concerned about how that society’s economic system. I believe you should get rewarded for hard effort, but it’s strange how I find that most of my friends making $75,000+ got there not through hard work, but a bright silver spoon. Sure, they had to study….a bit. But when you don’t have to worry too much about food, shelter, or clothing, or getting shot by your neighbor, it’s a bit easier to concentrate.

I suppose what frustates me most is how those who have so much tend to give so little of what they have. But those who have so little, to give even a little is a bid deal. And they do it.


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