I thought I'd talk a bit about the alternative view of the world I have. It's quite different to what I hear every day from other people, and from news reports.
I love paying taxes. They pay for the life that I live. They pay for the security I have. The roads I drive on. The hospitals I'm yet to use but will some day. The education I received growing up. I want to pay more taxes and get more nice things, like affording the less fortunate more of this good stuff so that they can feel good one day too.
Every time I pay taxes, I feel like a god damn patriot. I am just helped my country! Booya! I just helped other people. It's freaking awesome.
I know that without paying taxes, I would not be in the position I'm in to be earning money in order to pay taxes. It seems really simple to me, however the concept seems to be lost on those around me, and particularly those above me on the ladder of success.
The more successful you are, the more the system has given you. You should be happy that this system has given you so much, not that the system has 'taken from you' so relatively little.
There is no society in practice or in theory that allows you to have your cake and eat it too. The tax you pay goes towards structure. Police, government, military, education and even welfare are designed so that you can have the material wealth that you have possibly earned, and actually get to sleep at night without worrying that someone will steal it at the next golden opportunity.
Even the kings of yesteryear never experienced that feeling. The outlaws still can't. You can amass wealth outside the system and pay no tax, but even your closest ally will be jealous of you. Even your bodyguards could turn on you in a second. The natural pecking order of humanity does this. Whether it's food, or women, or wealth, you can and would be killed for the instant or long term gratification of the killer. You can not be wealthy and also die of old age. That just doesn't make sense. As soon as you are weak, the young guy will kill you and the cycle will repeat itself.
Perhaps the solution is that all income tax ceases to exist and instead the same exact amount becomes payroll tax? That way when a job is advertised it's the exact amount of money you'll get in your bank account that is advertised. That way people won't have this illogical opinion that "their" tax dollars are paying for things?
The well off need to realise that taxation needs to be equitable to stop revolution on the macro scale, but also muggings on the micro scale. To allow enough movement between classes such that generational lower class populations don't feel like the only way out is with physical violence and revolution.
Why is it the more people have, the more they whinge about their money? I can only think it's a psychological paranoia built up through the ages where having a lot meant fearing a lot. Fearing that they will take it all away. And then you have the things you spend money on giving you grief. Big houses are hard to maintain. I know you can afford it, but it's a pain in the arse waiting for tradies to turn up right? Are you really getting emotional return on investment? What will you spend any theoretical tax cuts on anyway? More stuff that stresses you out?