Well, yes, everyone pays them. But, they don't all pay federal income taxes. Studies show that approximately one third of those filing pay 0 income tax. When you add non filers to the mix it adds up to almost forty percent of americans who make money but pay no federal income tax. Now, the point of this. It has been stated many times by those on the left that the level of taxation, progressivity, etc., is fair because it is a collective decision by the American people. But, I would submit that when those who pay no tax vote to raise it on others, with much of the benefits to be distributed to the first group, it is not a matter of fairness, but simply legalized theft. Taxes should apply to all or to none. That would be a more fair system, and one that could rightly be attributed to the "collective judgement" of the American people.