The top 1% includes those with over about $400,000 in income and the "super-rich" only represent a small percentage of that group and they pay the lowest tax rates in American as their major source of income are investments with a top tax rate of 20% and where they can avoid much of that by channelling their income through paper corporations in off-shore tax havens. We can also note that the Top 1% only provide about 1% of the Social Security/Medicare tax revenues that account for about 40% of all federal tax revenues. The source of the vast majority of the Social Securty/Medicare tax revenues is from the bottom 50% of American income earners based upon their labor and gross income. Always remember that the "Payroll Tax" is really nothing but "unreported income" to the worker as its compensation for labor paid directly to the US government by the employer and doesn't show up as income for the worker. So the statement that the bottom 50% only pay 3% of the taxes collected by the Federal Government based upon the "earned income tax" is nothing but dishonest propaganda based upon a 1/2 truth. Of course good propaganda is always based upon 1/2 truths but revelations of the "whole truth" quickly invalidates this propaganda. This appears to be an unsupported opinion but even if true then I'd have to ask what percentage the bottom 50% ultimately pay in taxation? I live in WA which is the most regressive state when it comes to local and state taxation and a recent study found that here a low income worker has 14-times the tax burden relative to income when compared to the high income earners in the state. Bill Gates is the second wealthiest man in the world with an estimated worth of $78 billion and an estimated net income of slighlly more than $3 billion per year. He lives here in Washington, as do I, and owns a house (mansion) on Mercer Island that is worth about $500 million. I own a house worth $150,000 and for comparitive purpose will use my average net income over the last 10 years of about $50,000/yr. While the property tax rates vary because of local levies if we assume a 2% rate then Bill Gates owes about $10 million on his home annually or less than 0.34% of his gross net income in property taxes. I owed about $3,000 in property taxes or about 6% of my net income in property taxes. My property tax burden relative to income was over 17-times the tax burden relative to income of the second most wealthy person in the world in the State of Washington were be both live!!!! When the tax burden relative to income is at least equal but we're upside down when it comes to tax burder relative to income in the United States. The lowest income workers have the highest tax burden relative to income while the highest income individuals have the lowest tax burden relative to income.