Good times. I view the taxes I pay as an insurance policy against crime and disease. In my line of work, I've had the opportunity to travel around the world, including parts that have far
less than we do. (I've been to Mali, Morocco, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Peru, among other places.) These places have almost no
public services, so disease and crime are rampant. If paying a few more dollars in taxes ensures that I can live in a healthy and safe country, I'm for it. Yes, there will be slackers, but in our system, they could be motivated to do better by the kindness and example of those who have the opportunity to help rather than kick them while they're down. I'd prefer to see our taxes used to build our own country up rather than bomb others down, and that probably makes me a "liberal." That's a title I wear with honor. Anyway, cheers.