I think sometimes you have to take a broader look at what is the Common Good and the Liberty you gain in the long run from having that sidewalk, street, bridges, libraries, etc. Yeah, you gave up some tax dollars (Liberty to spend it on something else) BUT maybe you gained Liberty in another sense by virtue of a better infrastructure that allows you to start or expand a business or just travel from one place to another faster and safer. Disagree a little bit on the more fortunate having the duty to foot the bill for social justice. Actually it is the duty of all of us to foot that bill one way or another, from income tax to property tax to sales tax, who among us doesn't pay something at some point? And it costs nothing to vote, do we not all of us have a duty to vote for our reps are going to be? It is I think true that Power many times translates into the usurping of our liberties and not always in the best interests of the Common Good. It is therefore incumbent on all of us to be on guard against that; human nature being what it is, we're not going to be able to be free of the corruption and misuse of Power but IMHO we have to be on guard against that and be as judicious as possible about what the tradeoffs are when trying to measure the Common Good gained vs the Liberties lost. And not just today but also the future ramifications.