Let's put to bed for all time this trope that half of Americans have no "skin in the game." The income tax is simply one of a suite of federal taxes imposed on rich and poor in different proportions and collected through different mechanisms.
America's problem is that it doesn't want to pay for what it wants. We pay big bucks for the stuff that makes us happy. We pay only pennies publicly for common goods, and then whine about how many pennies it's costing.