The 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1.Lots more analysis at the link, but basically if you're working in the private sector, you're carrying the load for 1.7 people who aren't. Milady and I are making good money, and our tax bracket is about 25%, so we're supporting with our taxes, a family of four somewhere. It amazes me that in my autumn years I'm paying more in federal income tax than I made for lots of years as a young adult.
If someone asks me whether I'm paying my fair share, the answer is yes. And I'm paying the share of someone else, too. That's something to think about as we wrap up the traditional end of the tax season.