Make the rich pay?
We have been doing that for the past 100 years or so. When you make the rich pay, the rich go somewhere else with their money. I agree that percentage wise perhaps there are too many tax loop holes but remember that the top 2% income earners still pay the majority of the taxes in this country. More than half of the working population pays no taxes and worse yet they are eligable for earned income tax credits. ( a reward for bearing little bastards that will grow up on the government teat just like mommy and daddy )
I have been a business man for over 35 years. In all that time my company and I have never paid one cent in taxes and never will. Here's why. Every time the Fed or the state raised taxes, I raised my prices right along with them, so the only one paying those taxes has been the customer. Every single business operated this way. Taxes go up, the price of goods and services go up to match it. YOU pay the taxes, not me. If I owned a manufacturing company, when it finally got to the point where all the taxes make it impossible to sell my products at a profit I up and move my company to a foreign country where I can once again make money for me and the share holders. Taxation and regulation have driven manufacturing from this country. That's why there are no jobs and that's why our economy is in the dump. The government can not create jobs and opportunities. What the government can do is to create an environment that is conducive business growth and start up. Instead they seem hell bent on putting everyone on welfare because folks on welfare tend to vote for those politicians that hand out taxpayer money.