While you listen to the normal posturing about how “the rich” (generally undefined) aren’t paying “their fair share” (also generally undefined) in taxes, it might help to bear in mind that, while the U. S. tax system overall is sligntly regressive the tax systems in other OECD countries tend to be very regressive, particularly when you take value-added taxes into account.
As you can see from the chart above payroll taxes in the U. S. are pretty closely aligned with other countries in the “Anglosphere” with which we have much more in common culturally than we do with, say, France or Germany which have significantly higher payroll taxes than we do. Plus VATs which are highly regressive.
Following up on my previous post one of the ways in which the U. S. is an outlier is that we tend to trust our government much less than people in other Anglosphere countries or major economies. Opinions may differ on that but I think one of the factors is that our government is less trustworthy than theirs.
Just for the record I think we should move to a tax system that resembles the one described here. That would, however, deprive politicians of an issue on which to campaign so I don’t expect it to happen.