Actually, he asks about the income tax in general, given that almost 50% of Americans don’t pay income tax.
This is not a bug; this is a feature.
The income tax is a specifically progressive structure. It exists to do two things:
- Feed the Beast
- Give the Federal Government a permanent managerial role over the economy and the structure of society.
It’s a great idea if you’re a statist who wants government to grow big enough to control every aspect of its citizens’ lives.
And people keep ignoring this, because, egalitarianism.