The real question should be whether we’re better off with them than we would be otherwise.
More importantly, the question is who decides what constitutes better off.
We could carry your argument to its logical conclusion and say that the government shouldn’t raise any taxes.
That’s only the logical conclusion if you assume taxes are only raised by compulsion.
It’s also very difficult to figure how to tax “sales” associated with many kinds of investments.
I’m sure the government will find a way to do it.
But, then, if you don’t tax that, then we’re back to the situation where the wealthy, who make substantial income from investments, pay less tax.
But if all tax is voluntary (i.e., only paid when an individual chooses to buy something unnecessary), there’s no one to blame. I guess people will just have to take responsibility for their own actions, for once. What a shame.
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