This is to address the highlighted argument mentioned previously by Roland that during the debates about tax levels for the rich, noone really provides any real data on the current state of affairs. The White House Buffet Rule report seems to do exactly that - and the state of affairs is terrifying, the rich are paying twice less than what they'd pay in 1960 on average, less in terms of %%, than the middle class.
A lot of them are truly avoiding any taxation at all. I'll post excerpts.
The average tax rate paid by the very highest-income Americans has fallen to nearly the lowest rate in over 50 years. The wealthiest 1-in-1,000 (the 0,1%) taxpayers pay barely a quarter of their income in Federal income and payroll taxes today—half of what they would have contributed in 1960. And, the top 400 richest Americans—all making over $110 million—paid only 18 percent of their income in income taxes in 2008.