Are you saying that 50% of the people in the US live below the poverty line? Leftist organizations say that the US actually has the MOST progressive income taxation system in the world. But, they also say that those who actually do pay taxes should pay more. People who say they want the US to be like some of the European countries really need to check out what kind of taxes EVERYONE pays over there. They might just change their minds. If you are a middel class small business owner in Germany, you had better count on sending at least 50% of everything you earn after your legitimate business expenses to Berlin every year. and that is before you pay 19% in VAT on many of the things that you buy and 60%+ of the pump price every liter of gas you put into your car in taxes.