So quit complaining already! ...Unless your household earns $25,000 or less. Those are the guys -- the lower income earners -- paying the largest chunk of their income to sustain the rest of us.
In fact, most Americans in 2010 paid far less in total taxes — federal, state and local — than they would have paid 30 years ago. According to an analysis by The New York Times, the combination of all income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes took a smaller share of their income than it took from households with the same inflation-adjusted income in 1980.
Households earning more than $200,000 benefited from the largest percentage declines in total taxation as a share of income. Middle-income households benefited, too. More than 85 percent of households with earnings above $25,000 paid less in total taxes than comparable households in 1980.
Lower-income households, however, saved little or nothing. Many pay no federal income taxes, but they do pay a range of other levies, like federal payroll taxes, state sales taxes and local property taxes. Only about half of taxpaying households with incomes below $25,000 paid less in 2010. ...NYT
Take a look this chart. The tax system has grown less progressive -- has gone off the tracks -- and is more punitive to the low earners.
The question is: what's fair? Ask around and come to find out that what's fair is whatever is fairest to most of the people you'll ask. "Me" is the center of our world, the person who should get the best deal.