Yes, we can't solve our long term fiscal problems by only taxing the 1%. But since we are being honest.
The share Americans pay in federal taxes has been falling for more than 30 years. As Benson noted, the tax burden (25%) is lower than citizens of nearly every other developed country.
Firing every federal employee would not save enough to even cut the deficit in half. Wages and benefits for all fed employees was 435 billion in 2011. This represents 1 dollar for every 8 that the govt spends...