Taxes, Federal income taxes, are necessary for the preservation of life. The willingness to pay those taxes, though painful, is a measure of how well we love our neighbors and fellow citizens. Some say that taxes represent theft of property from those that earned the money. That is an argument that goes all the way back to the founding of democracy in Greece. The owner of property is a responsible person and only he can be a full citizen withe right to vote and all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote, “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” He may not have written them in the order of importance, but I place life above liberty in importance, because with life, liberty can be attained, but without life, liberty is an empty word.
Government cannot be expected to provide happiness itself, only the conditions that allow all people to pursue happiness without hindrance from their starting conditions. I favor the Federal graduated income tax as the fairest tax yet devised. I don’t like paying it, but it is a fairer tax to all income levels than any other tax.