Liberal take on taxes
First let’s look at the liberal view of taxes. Most Democrats talk about the redistribution of wealth, and that “the rich” should pay their fair share… which of course is more than that of the middle or lower class. But wait a minute, if America is the land of opportunity and the home of the free, why are we then ignoring the rights of the upper class and forcing them to give their hard earned wealth to those “less fortunate”. Also, since taxes go by percentages, shouldn't higher incomes already pay more than lesser incomes based purely on math without raising said percentage? Therein lies the problem with the liberal tax system, it creates a class warfare that rallies the voting majority to support these views, but offers no real solutions for the problem at hand.
Conservative take on taxes
The current system failures
My main gripe with our current tax system is that it is overly pessimistic. Creating a tiered tax system where the more you make the higher percentage you pay in taxes prevents average citizens in the lower or middle class from truly generating any wealth and climbing the social ladder, because any time you make a modest increase in income you are hit with a higher tax rate and actually have less take home money than before. We also hear how the richest Americans pay no taxes… but how is that possible? They have the highest tax percentage, but they still don’t pay? That’s because of the tax exemptions and deductions they earn. You get a deduction for being married, having kids, owning a business, etcetera. The wealthy simply qualify for more of the elaborate deductions and exemptions.
A simple solution
Why it's almost impossible
The closest we are as a nation to achieving this is the proposed Fair Tax, which both Democrats and Republicans fight tooth and nail. Why? Again, it solves the problem. Not only that, it solves the problem by removing government interference, not by increasing it one way or another. Of course no respectable politician would vote something that takes away their power and makes them irrelevant, no matter how much better that solution is. So as long as they can cloud the issue, draw voter rage, point fingers, and make sure a majority of the voting public is either unable or unwilling to do the basic math and low level deductive reasoning to figure this out for themselves.