However, I see roads crumbling around me, I read of unsafe bridges, ancient schools,
fine, but other than the interstate highway system, this is the job of your state. why should i pay for the roads in your state? why should you pay for my schools?
Obviously all of this comes from tax dollars
it doesn't anymore. they have gone trillions of dollars beyond that. it is borrowed or printed. the dollar is devalued because of the printing of money and we owe so much to other countries that there is not way to pay it all back. do you ever hear anyone talk about how we'll do that? no, because no one has any answer to that question. if you took 100% of the money from all the wealthy, you would not put a dent in the debt.
It's pure craziness that Warren Buffett pays less in taxes than his employees.
you need better sources of info. turns out that he was not entirely honest about how this works. he takes very little salary. most of his money comes from dividends on investments. those are taxed at a lower rate because the money used to make the investments is already taxed. he is worth billions on paper, but he doesn't hold that in taxable income. as a matter of fact, his secretary may make a higher annual income from salary than he does, so yes, she'd pay more.
"the gov't taking money out of the private sector..." Are you referring to taxes? It would be so boring to get into a conversation about the myriad ways we all use tax dollars, even those of us who want no gov't "interference" whatsoever or any sort of regulation...
the government has no source of income. it does not make anything to sell and it does earn anything from labor. everything the government has, it takes or borrows. what it takes, it takes from individual and business taxes...the private sector for the most part. government employees certainly do not pay in taxes what they get in salaries and benefits. we are paying for that.
i don't know anyone who thinks there should be no regulations. however, there should be fewer. especially those regulations that slow business and those that are designed to manipulate behavior. the government should not be deciding which business live or die. they are doing that now. the government should not be creating legislation or taxes that are designed to cause me to behave in one way or another. my personal behavior is none of the governments business.