Perhaps it seems not worth harping on, because it happens every every year. But I think it needs to be said, lest by familiarity it gains legitimacy.
I just submitted my federal tax returns. According to them, $5,790 was stolen from me over the course of the preceding year, by a coercive force against whom I have no legal recourse. Out of that $5,790, $1,099 was considered wrongfully confiscated even by that power, and will be returned to me. That’s an interest-free $1,099 involuntary loan I made to the federal government. The remaining $4,691 is $4,691 that will never be contributed to charities more targeted and efficient than the government can ever dream of being. $4,691 that will not go towards reinvigorating the economy. $4,691 that was not used to almost completely eradicate my personal share of the staggering quantity amount of personal debt that Americans owe. $4,691 that did not go towards providing our children with a better education, or towards a college fund. $4,691 that will fund war, boondoggles like paying farmers not to farm, and other pork-barrell projects that benefit no one.
I was robbed by the biggest thug in the land, and I handed over the money without a peep.