Ms. Mallick certainly has a legitimate argument. I was born and raised in Maine but have lived in or visited nearly every region of the country. Unfortunately, the population as a whole, isn't particularly well-educated, well-read, or well-traveled. Their attitude is that the "Government" is trying to tax them into poverty, that Government agencies are bloated, public servants too-well paid, and generally, that Government is too intrusive. During the previous election, the people of St. George, Utah, wouldn't even vote for a 1/2 cent increase for public transportation. (Utah is one of the more blatantly red states.)
Though retired now, I understood how necessary state and federal taxes were. However, two things always irritated me:
(1) Why do large families get to use each individual as an exemption? While working in Salt Lake City, I sat next to a fellow employee who took 10 exemptions and paid about $200 in federal taxes. I, on the other hand, paid well over a thousand dollars because I had only one exemption. People who create a larger footprint in this country should be paying higher taxes. Frankly, I don't want to pay the taxes for someone else's children. Exemptions should be eliminated.
(2) If we all paid our fair share of taxes, regardless of whether we are billionaires or making $10.00 an hour, with no exemptions and no loopholes, paying taxes for the lower and middle classes wouldn't be so onerous. But the very wealthy and large corporations don't pay their fair share. Billions are hidden in off-shore accounts.
The above is one American's take on the problem in the U. S. concerning the payment of taxes.