The response to such tax facts is usually this cliché: "Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society," this from the American Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., in a 1927 case. Right, but as a percentage of the economy, government spending was much lower in 1927 compared to 2013. One cannot endlessly extrapolate that "taxes are good for you." Not any more than it is useful to overdose on pharmaceutical drugs just because one pill helps kill some pain. Or to propose that because one glass of wine has healthful effects, then a dozen drinks must be even better.