Look in the mirror. Chances are, you will never be a millionaire. Get over it. Even if you save a million dollars, you'll never be in the same club as the aristocrats trying to do away with estate taxes so they can have generation after generation of wealth without having to contribute to the society that allowed them to thrive. Civilization costs money. If you can walk down the street without being mugged, it may not be because there's a cop on the corner, but because people aren't desperate enough to risk robbing you. That is what we call the Social Contract, and it is not socialism. It is what we get in return for accepting the yoke of government. Now sometimes that yoke can feel heavy. When it does, I like to watch an old Western to see what can happen when that yoke is removed. I fell for Libertarianism for a while, too. But when my gun is all that keeps you from stealing my lunch money, all you need is a bigger gun to take it. Sure, we like to think our hearty, pioneer neighbors would rush to our defense, but in real life, John Wayne gets shot by the rich rancher's violent thugs and we all get to live in little fiefdoms. In modern times, you get Somalia. So thanks, I'll gladly deposit 28% of my income to ensure the Humongous from The Road Warrior isn't outside my door with a loudspeaker.
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Sure, some is wasted. Some gets spent on wars I don't want, some gets spent helping McDonald's set up in Pakistan, some gets given to people who are disabled, but could probably hold down a job, some gets to unemployed workers who make more than they would taking a job at minimum wage. Most of it keeps the roads safe, the water clean, and the lights on. But in the end, we take it all for granted. After all, we're entitled to it, aren't we?
© 2010 Tommy Salami