Let's say every taxpayer needs to pay a federal tax of $5,000 for the government to meet expenses and balance the budget. If Well-off William earns $100,000 per year, this $5,000 tax is only 5 percent of his income. William's lifestyle is not significantly affected. If Poor Patrick earns only $10,000 per year, this $5,000 tax is 50 percent of his income; Patrick's lifestyle is significantly affected.
If each man is to pay his fair share, they must pay the same percentage (share). Let's say that 10 percent of every taxpayer's income would provide the same total revenue into the Treasury. Now Well-off William, instead of paying only $5,000, will pay $10,000. Poor Patrick, instead of paying $5,000, will pay only $1,000.
If William and Patrick are single, and their above incomes are taxable, our present tax system requires that Well-off William, instead of paying 10 percent, must pay 21 percent. Poor Patrick still pays 10 percent. The extra 11 percent ($11,000) William pays goes to the government instead of to the private sector.
It's well established that if you rob Peter to pay Paul, Paul will vote for you. Liberal politicians know there are a lot more Pauls than there are Peters, and to a liberal, fairness is a lower priority than getting re-elected. They know that public schools and the media will support their lie that the rich aren't paying their fair share.
End result: Private citizens get poorer. Federal employees get richer. Liberals get re-elected.
Mike Jones, Oklahoma City