Nobody likes having their income deducted. Yet, taxes are vital for a few reasons. They pay for the construction or maintenance of roads and bridges. They also fund social programs such as Social Security or unemployment insurance.
If you put 40 years of hard work into the system, you expect to see your returns after retiring. Likewise, in the event that you lose your job and fall on hard times, unemployment will help you survive while looking for work.
Moreover, taxes fund our schools — not just K-12, but community colleges and four-year institutions like Fresno State or the University of California. Therefore, I find it paradoxical when America’s great “intellectuals” like Rush Limbaugh — eye roll — accuse liberals of being un-American or unpatriotic, when he advertises on his radio show agencies that will help you get out of paying your taxes.
Here’s something to ponder: For my department (I studied history as an undergraduate and in graduate school), UC Berkeley’s history department (a public school) is more prestigious and higher ranked than Harvard (highest university endowment in the world). Interesting. Paying taxes isn’t fun, but I sure don’t miss the days when my professors took furloughs.