I have paid income taxes, since 1954 -- lots and lots of income taxes. From beginning yearly earned income of $1,200, to a top earning year of $375,000 -- $90,000 of that going to fed and State income taxes. I never gave the taxes a thought. I considered myself lucky to be born in America. See, the deal is, if consumers don't have extra money to buy more stuff, the government does. All the money is spent consuming, one way or another. The issue really is, few workers today produce a product for sale, either to consumers, or for sale to the government. "Social Services" costs produce nothing, but maybe help keep the peace. But, there must be a limit to the cost of peace. We need to find that limit, and let the rest "eat cake."