I can understand complaining about specific policies or waste in government etc, but there seems to be a tea party libertarian republican crowd that seems to think taxes themselves are inherently evil. The whole premise of the tea party movement was that taxation with
representation was inherently bad (even just after being given the biggest tax cut in history after several other large tax cuts and taxes being at their lowest point in nearly a century). So while this blog is not directed to people who want the government to make better decisions or be more efficient, I feel the need to address this "taxes are bad" mentality.
If you actually went through line by line at the taxes people pay and told them what they pay for, there is almost nothing anyone would object to. If you said "do you want to pay this tax that goes to maintaining the roads so everyone's car isn't constantly stuck in the mud" how many people would disagree with that? If you said "this big chunk of your taxes goes to having a standing army so people don't invade us, kill you, rape your mother, sister and daughter and make off with your things", how many people would disagree with that? If they said "this big chunk here goes to medicare so that if grandpa starts getting senile and you and your wife both work full time and can't make sure he doesn't burn the house down 24/7, you have more options than just smothering him with a pillow", how many people would disagree with that?
If taxes and the services they came with were optional, how many people wouldn't check the box labeled "potable water"? The fact is that as shitty as the government is (and I've bitched as much as anyone) , at least 90% of what it does is actually really, really good. To the point of actually being necessary. Not everything good in society comes from taxes, but without the things taxes provide we wouldn't really have anything else. We would have no civilization at all.
So if you're one of these "taxes are tyranny" people, please just shut the fuck up.