Uh, Nope. You're quite incorrect. But what's new?<quoted text>
Yep, I was correct...
"it seems the top 10% and the middle class have a relatively similar tax burden."
If one considers a 25% difference in the actual rates "relatively similar".
"10% pay only a few percentage points higher "
If one considers 6 actual percentage points "a few".
As another example, if two people make $100 and one pays $2 in taxes and the other pays $1 in taxes, one person is paying a rate that is twice that of the other...
There wouldn't be a 25% "difference in the actual rates" as you suggest. The top 10 percent and the middle class would be paying on different $$ amounts - so it's apples and oranges. Just like in your example they'd have to be paying different tax rates on the same amount of income - but that's not real life, is it!!
The top 10 percent pays 30%, the middle class pays 24%(if we're to take those numbers on faith) That means exactly what it suggests - the richest taxpayers only pay 6% more of their earnings than the middle class does on theirs (on average) The comparison between the $$ amounts paid is a completely separate matter.
Argue all you want that the richest shouldn't pay a higher rate, but don't try to convince others than the rates are other than what they are.
As they say, lies, damn lies and statistics:(