One of the issues associated with any proposals, whether for health care, defense spending, or entitlements of any kind, is paying for it. Typically, federal tax revenues pay for the stuff we want government to do for us. Today I came across this article about personal income taxes. So I located the original document. The chart says it all.
If your income is below $40K and you are not filing as Single, Married Filing Separately, or are elderly, the odds are heavily in your favor that you won't owe any taxes at all. You may even get more money from the government if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is paid even when you have zero tax liability so long as you meet the rest of the criteria. Once th $50K mark is met things start to turn around, and do so dramatically.
Now, one can argue about whether or not the wealthy are paying their fair share, but they are clearly paying something. One cannot say with a straight face that those who are most in need are the most disadvantaged by the current tax system. The middle class, depending on the income range used to define it, may be the sector in most need of relief although I doubt they will get any.
One has to ask the obvious question here, and it is a policy question that needs to be addressed; how long can we continue to have this disparity? Especially if we are not going to dial back entitlements, continue to add new tax breaks, and generally spend, spend, spend? Endless borrowing and waiting for savings to materialize only goes so far. The tax code needs an overhaul, of that I am certain but I am also certain we need to make some tough choices. It is not the poor who will bring the economy back, they are struggling as it is even with favorable tax treatment. It won't be the rich. That leaves the middle class and things are not looking good there either.
When you decide you want Uncle to do something for you, ask yourself who is paying (or going to pay) for the whatever it is you want. Will it include you or are you merely the happy recipient? Then ask yourself if that arrangement is truly just and fair.