"To put it in numbers, according to the analysis, the top 1 percent of earners account for 20.3 percent of total personal income in the United States and pay 21.5 percent of all federal and state taxes. The middle 20 percent of households earn 11.6 percent of US income and pay 10.3 percent of taxes. The lowest 20 percent account for just 3.5 percent of income, and pay 2 percent of all taxes."
"The current structure of tax brackets has rates that start at 10 percent of income at the low end and rise to 35 percent for the highest earners. In the middle are brackets of 15, 25, 28, and 33 percent. "
But the rich obviously don't pay that much, 35%, in taxes due to tax write offs and deductions.
So it seems that if I go around and try to find jobs, or work hard and get offered jobs, that pay better I get more of the money I work for taken away.
From a Christian moral stand point it makes no sense. Why should I get more of my money taken away when I work hard for it than someone that makes no effort in their job and thinks that being bad at worst and mediocre at best is the standard?
"Go to the ant, sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; who having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest."
What makes this more interesting is that those people get tax credits. because they aren't willing to work their way to a better job.
"Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labour increases it."
I think taxes could be considered fraud. A tax is similar to the middle school bully taking the other kids lunch money so he can have more food for himself and they have less.
"Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have."
So those with less money should be happy with having less money than say Warren Buffet. If that doesn't make sense then think about what happens when people aren't content with what they have. I can think of a couple:
World War II
The Korean War
The Napoleonic Wars.
I'm sure you all can think of other examples.
So in conclusion; be content with what you have and if you want more then work hard for what you want, like Napoleon or Hitler or The Crusaders. They didn't all have noble causes but when they worked for what they wanted they got it, for the most part.