let me take an example ... he said:the super rich would pay much more in taxes, but everyone would pay something..I think thats fair.
Doesn't that run contrary to what you said: "That said, I have trouble understanding what kind of though process would lead a reasonable person to think its a good idea to tax people who have little disposable income living in slums so as to cut atxes on high income people"
First, who if anyone is saying we should tax the poor and cut taxes on the rich? Nobody is which is why it pure propaganda.
It kills me that a a few years back, those were called "tax cuts for the rich" ... and now that they may go away they're called "tax breaks for the middle class". I certainly agree in the later; always have which is why former name kills me. But let me just ask you a simple question, what wrong with everyone geting a fair shake?