i'm not going to act like an expert on this , because i'm not, and it's very hard to find credible information about this.
in early America direct taxes were illegal.
the government passed income tax and said it only applied to people who earn over 200k(?) and it would be a tax that people barely noticed.
the Communist nut case Franklin Roosevelt placed taxes on the lower income people, and raised "rich" taxes up to 91% and even went as high as 106% (after taxes were paid, they still owed money the following year)
i watched a documentary called Inconvenient TAX (on NETFLIX), a second documentary, and read some articles on the net.
what i read was, even with tax rates as high as 91%, 106%, and ect, due to favors and loop-holes, the rich never paid more than 35%.
basically, the main goal was to distract working people while they were charged 27% in taxes, by claiming rich people paid astronomical rates, which wasn't true.
now, people reference the high rates of the past which it appears was most likely a myth.
people should be horrified that the left-wing really has no limit of how much money they think the public should pay.
if you're telling me the Rockefellers paid 91% or 106%, you're wasting your time, i will NEVER believe that.
rich people don't support government that takes their money away.