So I guess you want to go back to the 1890s, where there was no income tax? Society relied on churches, charities, poor houses, orphanages and debtor’s prisons. How’d that work for PEOPLE? Maybe you should read Charles Dickens! Those who are in favor of a “flat tax” or a “fair tax” are usually those who think THEIR taxes are too high, but everyone else doesn’t pay enough. A 10% tax wouldn’t cover the Defense Department budget, let alone the safety net we need for the truly poor. Reagan’s “welfare Cadillac” was on point, TO A POINT! Most on welfare are white, and most don’t want to be there. We need to quit demonizing the many because of the few.