Why isn't it reasonable for everyone to pay exactly the same tax rate, regardless of income level?
That seems like the simplest, most logical choice to me. Then everyone is giving exactly the same percentage of their income to the government, and all this debating about it can end. Why wouldn't that be practical/sustainable/etc. ?
I understand that the rich would be paying way more in taxes, and if the tax rate was unreasonable it might be difficult on the poor, but currently poor people get tax breaks, the rich get tax breaks, and the middle class gets ******. I must be delusional, but to me it seems the best way to even the playing field would be for everyone to give exactly the same proportion of their income, that way it's making an equal dent in everyone's quality of life.