New Screed, same James Lileks: Let Me Tell You About You, pt. 2
As a wise man said: half the people in the country live below the median income level. Half. In this day and age.
So if you don’t want to help them – that’s what you mean when you oppose taxes, after all – you’re selfish. If you protest that you’ll have to spend less, or invest less, or save less, or give less to charity, well, you had better start making more money, then. Go on; out to the woodshed; squat over that straw nest and pop out some more golden eggs, or whatever it is you do. Incidentally, you should spend less, because you spend money on things you don’t need, and we don’t have to know what they are to know you don’t need them, just like we don’t have to visit your house or neighborhood to know that the former is too big and the latter too far away.