The top 5%, pay 40% of all federal taxes. The bottom 40%, pay 4% of all federal taxes. You call that "fair"? Fairness means equality. To be fair, the poor and rich should pay the same amount. That would be fair, right? You pay a dollar, I pay a dollar? That means the rich should pay 80% less than they do, today. And the poor, ought to pay 10 TIMES MORE. Sorry? What's that, you say? You don't mean that kind of "fairness"?! Of course! You mean the rich should pay more, because they earn all the income? Fine, so now it's about proportionate taxation based on income. The top 5%, earn 33% of the national income. The bottom 40%, earn 15% of the national income. That means the rich should pay 33% of all taxes. And the poor, 15% of all taxes. One problem. The rich already PAY MORE THAN THAT. And the bottom 40%? They need to cough up 4 TIMES what they pay, right now, just to cover their OWN ASS! On second thought, in the interests of social justice, I'm all for this fairness thing. Lets cut off unemployment and foodstamps, end housing vouchers and medicaid, and let the poor get off their asses and work for a living. That's some justice, right there.