About 140 million people file tax returns in the US. They pay 19% overall to the federal government of every dollar made. How can roughly 1/5th of everything made not be enough to pay for our needs as a country? That doesn't even count all the other revenues the government gets. Income tax is only 1/3 of the equation. They spend the other 2/3s too and still don't have enough to keep the government going! Keep in mind all this is just to balance the budget, never mind that there is trillions in debt that we owe on top of it.
I think I have conclusively shown that the rich can not shoulder the entire burden. So, what is the solution? Is there a solution that our politicians will seriously consider? What happens if we just shrug off our responsibility to fix the issue and let the next generation take it up? At what point will it not be able to be put off and what will the consequences be?