Taxes are necessaryI don't think the US owed as much money as today in real terms back in the 30s.
America's debt was already very large before 2008.
No one wants taxes raised enough to pay down the debt.
This is the case in most Western countries.
In the USA there is a great disparity between the haves and have-nots where taxes are concerned
normally, the middle class pays about 6% of their income to Social Security; someone making $1 million a year pays about 0.6%(or 90% less than the average person).
A simple flat tax would greatly benefit the middle class and severely piss off the upper-class