Taxing the small guy is going to cause problems, but if small business owners can't pay they should go out of business. Problem is, these are the same people.
These aren't the same people in the least. The "small guy" is someone who doesn't earn much money, which means far less money than any small business that is even moderately successful would earn for its owner.
So they should go out of business since they appear to make more money than they actually do, but low to middle-income families who just happen to work for somebody else deserve tax relief?
Those who earn less deserve more tax relief. Most small businesses if even moderately successful earn more than people who struggle to get by (or else they probably would go out of business). My guess is your parents earn enough they don't struggle to pay the bills, as anyone with a small business is usually able to do unless it is failing or on the verge of failing.
I'm saying "Tax all of us. Let's do our fair share."
Then we agree on the principal, just not on how to achieve it.
I say the "fair share" means the more you earn (and even the more you have) the more you should pay, with those who make very little paying very little. I'm all for taxing people more as long as it is the people who earn more.
Poor people are burdened enough. Your idea of taxing them more only means more of them will end up using government programs to survive and at a greater rate than before, which means ultimately the government is losing and so are the people.