Neither the left or the right is very good at seeing shades of grey. The 47% who don't pay federal taxes isn't comprised entirely of deadbeats sitting at home watching reality t.v. There are the very poor, the elderly, veterans, students, disabled, and blue collar workers. I lost my job and had to start over in a new field. I'm low income, and in the past three years, I've payed a combined total of a couple hundred dollars in federal taxes. I don't receive any federal assistance, and other than 2 years of stafford loans, I never have. I pay all my bills on time, and lead a very modest lifestyle (10 year old car, no t.v., only phone is an old-fashioned flip phone, no vacations, etc.). I work in a company with several hundred other people. With the exception of a few women who have popped out too many kids, all the people I work with have similar finances without receiving government aid. I absolutely don't mind paying a little more in taxes, but previous posters are right...you can't get too much more from me and anything you do get is coming straight out of money that would go towards things like groceries. Additionally, I do pay taxes on everything from food and gas to state income taxes. I'm slowly moving my way up the ladder and hope to be contributing more within the next two years, but most of my coworkers will be stuck at about the same level for life. For now, I don't really feel guilty about not voluntarily paying additional federal.
Despite the right wing claims that we're all freeloaders just looking for more handouts, I absolutely support welfare and social security reform to help balance the budget. There will always be some poor people that are lazy and cheat the system, but it's not exclusive to the lower class. There are tons of middle class and upper class people who play games to hide their income or have their adult children filing for food stamps while still being supported by their parents. Any one who can afford a good lawyer and accountant knows how the games work. It's naive to assume that everyone without money is looking for a free ride or everyone with money earned it through hard work.