Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said: "I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization."
Yeah, well, couple of problems here. First of all, civilization predates taxes, and certainly income taxes. Heck, in America we didn't have internal taxes at all from 1817 to 1862. How'd we buy civilization then? The income tax only became permanent in 1913 with the passage of the 16th Amendment. So Holmes is just wrong.
Of course, a modern welfare society is just too costly to run without taxes, so today we probably need them. But that leads me to the second problem. Suppose I said: "I like paying $100 to the local deli. With it I buy a ham sandwich for lunch." I enjoy the ham sandwich. It's a very tasty sandwich. But $100 is still too much to pay for it. Likewise, just because I enjoy the benefits of civilization doesn't mean I'm willing to overpay for it.
A separate question is whether we're actually overpaying. I think it's pretty obvious we are, but there's room for disagreement here. I will leave that for another blog.