The Theory Behind a 10% Income Tax

Let's be honest. No one likes paying taxes, but in the modern world they are a necessary evil to keep society running. When a majority of Americans lived a homesteading lifestyle there wasn't such a massive cost for public goods like roads, schools, emergency services, and other general services maintained by the government. People kept to their own farms and properties except when trading or congregating with their neighbors. As society grew, people became less rural, began living and using the same spaces more, and maintenance costs increased on shared resources. A reasonable and fair system is required to upkeep our public goods, but does our current income tax system live up to those expectations? A Brief History It is no secret that the American colonies rebelled against British rule due to heavy taxation of goods. For a long time following the American revolution, most U.S. federal income came from tariffs used to protect American industry and manufacturing. O