I own my own business. I built it from scratch, with a lot of time, money, sweat and fear. It is a very successful business that has done me and my family well. But I did not build it in a vacuum, I had a lot of help. First of all, my parents helped by giving me good genes, lots of encouragement and saw to it that I got a good education, at a public university that was supported, in part, by taxpayers. I built it with good employees, that I hope I have thanked and rewarded sufficiently. I can drive to work on roads that were built and maintained by the government. I drive a safe car because it meets the federal safety standards. Traffic flows because there is a set of rules that make it safe, laws passed by the state legislature. I go to the courthouse that was built and maintained by the government. I fly in airplanes that are regulated and land in airports built and maintained by the government. I practice law under a code that was written and passed by congress, one that helps level the playing field a little. I drink clean water, breathe clean air and eat healthy food, all regulated by the government. No one is going to build a race track or slaughter house next to my house because of zoning laws. I am protected by military, police and firemen, all government employees. I recently had to go to the hospital and was able to go quickly and safely, because of an ambulance system run by the government. I live in a society that allows me to listen to the music I want to hear, watch movies I want to see and read books that I want to read, all because of a Constitution that was written and enforced by the government. I have more freedom than almost anyone living. And I pay my taxes, a lot of taxes. It is a privilege to pay the taxes that I do because of one reason; I pay taxes because I am successful. And while the system is not perfect, it works pretty damn good. But no system is perfect, even private enterprise.
The government is a part of a system that has done me well. I think that I get a good bargain for my taxes. And now that I am a success, I will not slam the door on others. It is my turn to help others to become a success. They need my help as much as I needed others’ help. If you view taxes as something that is taken away from you, you will never be happy. However, if you view taxes as payment for a good life, than your cup is going to be half full and you will be thankful. I am happy, content and successful.