Originally Posted by Rohirrim
It means that, since Reagan, policies and tax code changes have resulted in Romney paying 13% of his income, and his secretary paying 30% of hers. Of course the rich pay the lion's share of taxes collected if you put it all in a big pile and say who put in the most. And their incomes have quadrupled over the last thirty years on these wealth redistributing policies so they are not only making a hell of a lot more, they are keeping a hell of a lot more of what they make. And now they want to balance the budget by cutting grandma's Medicare and SS?
The rich in America have been on the gravy train for thirty years while wages and income for the middle class has stagnated or declined. Most of this is a result of policy. It's time those policies were changed. Like Lincoln said, the workers come before capital, for without them, capital doesn't exist.
You can look at things with a cold, objective eye and say "Welp! Everyone pays 20% of their income. It's fair! YAAAAAAY!"
But we all know...we ALL know that 20% from someone making $40k a year hurts them much more than 20% from someone making $200k. Calling it a "flat tax" is just a way of coding the language so it sounds fair.
And if you want to get all biblical, if a flat tax were fair, why did Jesus say that the widow who cast a mere farthing into the treasury cast more than the rich people?