That statement makes zero sense logically or economically. Citizens and businesses receive a boatload of services they have either directly voted for or proxies have advocated for. 'Production' is not the aim, and never has been. The 'income' makes those services possible. You can debate which are necessary but the function of the system is what it is.
Are you willing to enumerate the 'boatloads' of services we citizens receive, and if we citizens even without paying taxes still receive? Tell me if there are any?
Roads and police and some others don't count. As if you are coming from another country visiting and still without being a citizen you can enjoy that.
I really want to know, what I as a tax payer pay to receive from the government ?
Summed up nicely in the post above mine. Roads and what not are only 2% of that pie. Police are from your local taxes. Federal law enforcement though has kept us impressively safe from terror for more than 20 years, with the exception of Boston and San Berdoo.
No services to me.
I do not use social security, I have my private pension fund, savings investments.
Don't use medicare, medicaid or CHIP. Nor any of the safety net programs.
So I don't receive any services from the government other than the military, which as I said before, its the only point. But its hardly a service, I don't actually go out to the military every day or they come to me.
And even if I don't pay any taxes or go off the grid as you say, I will still get the military or law enforcement.
So, in reality, I don't get anything for my money that I wouldn't otherwise get if I don't pay federal taxes.
Bottom line, the government hasn't any business in the money I make, nor should it be forced upon me to pay the government under the threat of jail, money that I have earned myself without the aid of the government. Its my hard earned work that has allowed me to make money. And the government is no where near me on helping me accomplish this.
Nonetheless, I support the idea of local taxes to fund roads, schools my children don't go because its private, and my local law enforcement. I support my military, but other than that. That's it. All the rest if waste money that won't provide any return not only to me but to my country as a whole. There hasn't been any real success for example in any return from the money spent in the 'war on poverty'. Much less I expect from this stupid 3.5 trillion package, which the only intent is to make the welfare state bigger at my expense and of my family.