Paying taxes has never been particularly painful to me. I believe this puts me in the minority, but there it is. My basic approach to money is “easy come, easy go.” I relate to that story in Jacob where the people are going out and digging up gold and returning with varying degrees of success, but they differentiate based on their dumb luck digging. Jacob chides them with this:

And the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly, that you have obtained many riches; and because some of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren ye are lifted up in the pride of your hearts, and wear stiff necks and high heads because of the costliness of your apparel, and persecute your brethren because ye suppose that ye are better than they.

The wealth (you would laugh if you could see my bank account that I call this wealth, but all is relative) I have is as a result of my dumb luck of being born where and when I was and having access to the education I have. I could as easily be the forever check-out woman at Wall-Mart or the illiterate farmer born in rural India. So when 1/3 of my income is diverted to schools, roads, social welfare, etc. I don’t care. That money was not mine.

Yet, clearly, some view taxes as a distinct burden, a mechanism whereby the government takes away money that was “hard earned.” I don’t get it. Can you explain? What makes that money yours? Why are taxes hard? How are you entitled to that money more than someone else? Do you ACTUALLY work harder for that money than hundreds of lesser-paid workers?