I have no problem with taxes. I don’t mind paying taxes. Though I may have some concerns about the fairness of tax laws and about some of the programs that are funded, I firmly believe that if the citizenry, through its elected representatives, determines that it is in the interest of the general welfare that certain services should be provided by government, then we, the citizenry, should be willing to pay for them. If we disagree with things the government pays for we have the right to petition government to repeal programs as well as the right to vote for representatives who will seek to repeal them.
I don’t understand the mighty public uproar over congressional earmarks or so-called pork barrel projects either. First, they represent but a minuscule portion of the Federal budget, and second, they almost all provide significant benefits to local communities. Further, an elected representative who is unable or unwilling to sponsor and obtain funding for projects important to and beneficial to his constituency will not long remain in office; nor should he. But our representatives must also be willing to provide for the funding to pay for them.
When a government establishes costly new programs or significantly enhances large established programs without providing for revenues adequate to fund them it is greatly threatening the nation’s economic well-being, both in the present and the future. Because the government has to borrow funds to cover the shortfall the National Debt increases, and the attendant cost of debt service will further reduce the availability of tax revenues for ongoing programs. The cost of servicing the debt is already an obscene percentage of the annual budgets of the US, and unless there is a major effort to reduce our debt, that cost will just continue to grow, both in total and as a percentage of the budget, in perpetuity. We have no right to saddle future generations with this burden.
Finally, I believe that the claim of a large and vocal portion of the American public that we are overtaxed is not supported by the facts. The following chart I found on the Net rather graphically supports my view.