As we all know, the public has really not participated in the stock market since the 2008 credit and banking crisis. Since that point in time, the public has developed even more of a sour taste for Wall Street. Events such as the flash clash, LIBOR manipulation by the banks, high frequency trading manipulation..
Over the past 30 years Federal Tax receipts (Corporate, Personal, Estate, Excise, Gift, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, et al) have averaged less than 20% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Read that again, and don't think for a minute that it's not a large number. Why isn't that enough?