Now I believe strongly that taxes should be fair and not be a burden which interfere's with an individual citizen's basic quality of life, but the key word there is BASIC.
As communities there are a lot of things that we individually cannot efficiently manage or pay for. Building sewers, for example. Funding libraries which will create unbiased collections of materials for the public good. Maintaining protective services like fire departments, which are often, alas, viewed as a luxury until they are desparately needed.
Taxes are a really reasonable way to address this problem. Everyone pitch in to the best of their ability.
I think the rich have more ability and should pitch in more, so I don't begrudge the idea that my tax bracket would go up if I started earning more. I've done well and have the happy benefit of being able to give more to my community.
As Edward A. Filene said, "Why shouldn't the American people take half my money from me? I took all of it from them."
Taxation is not a bad thing.
Now if you don't like where your taxes are being spent, that's a different issue and a good indicator that it's time for you to give back to your community in another way: political involvement. At the very least, vote.
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