Stephen King claims that because he's rich, he should be taxed more. So, politically and economically, he's uneducated. Here's the link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/30/stephen-king-tax-me-for-f-s-sake.html
King, I bought and read most of your books when I was in 6th grade, and I enjoyed them. ...But you don't know dick about politics, the Federal Reserve, or the way what's left of "America" really works. Have some respect for Henry David Thoreau, Lysander Spooner, Frederick Douglass, and the long tradition of political nonaggression that came before you. Crack a book, read some Hayek, read some Harry Browne. Re-read Thoreau's "Resistance to Civil Government." The opening paragraph could just as well be about the Mexican DRUG War, as the Mexican War Thoreau was discussing.
When it comes to government, you don't get to decide how your tax dollars are spent.
When it comes to the private sector, you can always "opt out."
You acknowledge that the last 4 administrations have been "anti-business." Then, you bitch about there not being enough "regulation." LOL! Regulation sidesteps that core foundation of American jurisprudence, THE JURY. We, the jury, to be precise. We, the randomly-selected (in rare instances when a proper jury is called and seated, without prosecutorial stacking in "voir dire") people, who comprise the 4th branch of government.
So, what does the government do for me, that the private sector cannot? NOTHING. I am poor, and I don't want to give one red cent to the government. It is insulting to you to assume that because you're so dumb you think you're getting a great deal from the government that someone who is less well off can't be better-informed about the value they're getting from their dollar in government services. If you want to pay more, YOU CAN.
And what will your tax dollar buy? It will firstly,. buy things you cannot choose NOT to buy. The government is not Burger King, and you don't get to pick and choose what you want. My tax dollar will go to put my friends in jail, for victimless crimes. It will go to enforce the drug and gun laws on a horribly racist and classist basis. It will go for foreign wars of aggression that do nothing to keep me safe, and everything to piss off insane theocrats on the other side of the globe. It will go to crappy government schools that do a far worse job of educating our young than WIKIpedia does --to the extent that not one person in 1,000 can tell me how the Federal Reserve functions, or how jury trials are supposed to function. My tax dollars will deny gays equal marriage rights, and will put sex stores out of business. My tax dollars will harass comic book artists like Mike Diana, and musicians like the Dead Kennedys, in the name of christian theocratic values that directly contradic the First Amendment to the US Constitution. My tax dollars will be pissed away on pork-barrel projects in every state, all of which are less efficient than any private-sector provision of services that comes with a price tag, and the option of voiding contract for nonproduction. In short, because government is coercion, and this nation walked away from the idea of "a government by consent" when it passed the Federal Reserve Act into law, government services do not need to be competitive in any way with private sector services.
So what did I miss? Oh yeah, the FDA claims the right to actively deny me life-saving treatments, so innocent people can die young and in terrible pain while moronic fucks like you complain that you --and everyone else-- are not being forcible deprived of enough of their income. Watch a youtube video where Stephen Badylak shows that his lab can regrow every human organ, and replace it surgically with adult stem cells, then listen to him talk about how the life-saving procedures are being held up by the FDA, which may or may not give us slaves PERMISSION to save our own lives with his procedures. ...Since when did a free people need permission to engage in risking their own lives in order to save them? Since when were manufacturers not allowed --by the First Amendment-- to print "sweetened with stevia" on food products? (1986, when Donald Rumsfeld's "Searle & Associates" successfully lobbied the FDA to destroy natural competitors to Nutrasweet, that's when! Result: 150,000 type II diabetics per year dead from bad diet and a scientifically incorrect food pyramid taught to them in gradeschool.) Since when did the FDA get the right to hold up AIDS research and development for years while Big Pharma milked the gay and African communities for their patented "slow death" drugs? They never had any right to do any of this.
If you pay one dollar extra in taxes, not only will I not commend you for your "civic duty," I'll spit on your good name for being a naive, willing dupe of powerful, sociopathic prohibitionists.
America is a nation where the collective isn't supposed to steal from the individual, nor bar the individualist from following his dreams. But that's what the U.S. government does. Then, it tries, in a half-assed manner to undo some small amount of the damage it itself caused, and its lapdog liberal "popular intellectuals" come to its defense like whipped dogs.
Go back to writing books about rabid dogs that just want to be obedient, it seems you know a lot more about that than what it means to hold an American ideology.
And while you're at it, don't bother taking out your checkbook to end the drug war, or the foreign wars, or to pay an insignificant amount of the $16T Federal Debt (not including untenable outstanding liabilities of over $58T). You're right: that won't solve the problem --just like even taxing 100% of your income wouldn't solve the problem. The only thing that would solve the problem would be you coming to your senses, and being one more voice of truth, telling the young to drop out of the system, withold their support, and begin building the parallel institutions that will leave the American Police State in the dustbin of history, where it belongs.
Until then, ...we ask not your counsel, nor your arms.