Since you are talking about brackets, I presume that you are talking about income taxes here. So, back to my question - how exactly do you propose to have everyone pay? Some large percentage of people don't pay any income tax at all, so how do you get to "everyone" as you proposed in your original post?Of course people too poor to pay income taxes wouldn't pay. "Everyone" is shorthand for sharing the burden as a society - the rich don't convince people that their paying a greater share is un-American. Perhaps by freeing people to pursue their goals without having to worry about catastrophic illness, or even minor health issues, they might rise up and do great things, just like we decided universal public education was a net good, and allowed otherwise disenfranchised populations to have a chance to better themselves.A larger share shouldered by the very wealthy *built* the middle class in the 50s and 60s, who became tax payers themselves. It didn't happen by happy accident. These were public programs like the GI Bill, low interest home loans, etc. For people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, they've gotta have bootstraps.Right now, the top one percent controls more of America's wealth than anytime since the 1920s. I think we know how that turned out. Time to plug some of that money back into building America, just like we did then.