Am I the only one? I grew up very poor and my family lived off of social welfare programs. Because of food stamps and similar societal contributions to me (as a child of poor people) I was able to have a more level playing field. I knew kids around me who were smart, but whose parents didn't take advantage of the programs they could, and (coincidentally or not) those kids haven't "made it" at all. On the other hand, I was fortunate enough to have parents who utilized those programs and it helped me to do well in school because I wasn't worrying about basic necessities at home. Because of this and other reasons, I have no qualms with paying into the government's coffers (at a reasonable level) in the hope that someone else who isn't born into wealth can use the programs which I help fund to get ahead in life. Paying taxes has become in a sense the way that I "give back" to the society that helped make me as financially successful as I am now. Do you guys think this is unreasonable? I ask this because I see people attempting to advise others to evade taxes and joking about the patriotism or paying taxes at all, but really folks, taxes (and the use thereof) are a significant part of what keeps the society advancing!