Here's the deal, chavs, paying taxes is a civil duty of every citizen in the US (and most other countries). Now, as we all know there's a bit of a debt crisis in the US, and many other countries. The only solution that I can see that can fix this problem is people paying more taxes, most other solutions would seriously damage the infrastructure of our government. What I don't understand is why there are so many people going, "I dun want them there government taking any more of my money."
To me it shows not only a lack of patriotism, but a lack of humanity too. The government didn't cause this crisis, people did. Who did people turn to when this happened? The government. And now the government needs the people's help financially, and the people seem to be refusing to help. This is kind of like hitting someone with your car and going "I don't need to stop, that ambulance racing to the hospital can stop and help her."
Let's just do a simple comparison right now, a person earning 15k/year pays about 3k in taxes, a person grossing 1mil each year pays about 450k. Now I'm sure that seems like a lot, but when you think about it the person earning 1mil a year still has 45 times the spending power as the person making minimum wage. If the person making over 1million dollars were to contribute an additional 200k as taxes, he'd still have 30 times the spending power as the other person. Now there are about 9 million Americans who make 1 million or more per year, if they were all to pay an additional 200k a year, the government would be earning an extra 1.8 trillion dollars a year, which would be enough to turn the current deficit (around 1.5 trillion currently) into a 300billion dollar revenue, and even the poorest of those people would still end up being 30 times better off than people making minimum wage.
I just don't understand how many are so unwilling to do this. It's like you're paying this person you need to help you accomplish your goals, and something goes wrong, and the guy helping you saves your ass. Then he tells you, "Saving you hurt me pretty bad, I'll need a bit extra help from you for the time being while we both get back on our feet."
*all numbers are accurate to my knowledge. Tax brackets were done using 2008 numbers.