"Is that like people without jobs? Those jerks! lol"
Very funny. FYI unemployment benefits are taxable. Aside from that, it's hard to collect taxes from people who don't have jobs. Of course the only reason they don't have jobs is because they are lazy bums who prefer to be unemployed. As I recall in a recession back in the 1960s or 70s a Republican candidate said there are two kinds of people "bird dogs (the worker bees) and kennel dogs (the unemployed)."
People that aren't making a lot of money aren't paying taxes and are likely receiving benefits from programs to help the poor, in addition all the things that government uses tax money for they also enjoy the benefit of.
Don't forget the 52,000 rich Americans who have secret Swiss bank accounts. Plus others in Antigua, the Bahamas and other offshore locations. And the multinational corporations who have stashed profits in their overseas subsidiaries rather than repatriating them and paying U.S. corporate taxes. Not to mention the hedge fund managers who pay only 15% capital gains tax on their billions of "earnings."
The Swiss banks have provided that number but have refused to provide the names of the American tax dodgers because of Swiss bank secrecy laws. (I believe UBS is going to provide 10,000 names but hasn't done so yet.)
Much is heard of a demand that corporations and the wealthy pay their "fair share" of taxes, but I have heard little of what that share should be.With only a single restriction; that the discussion is about...