This is the exact problem with the current Tea Party movement. There doesn't seem to be a basic understanding that taxes are critical to building infrastructure and setting up the basics for having a functioning society that can provide basic building blocks for economic success. You have to have public education, good roads and bridges, a decent military, a solid framework of business rules and regulations including enforcement, police, fire, military, etc. You can look at a few wasteful projects representing 0.1% of the budget and declare that there is waste in government, but the reality is that we are not taking in enough taxes to meet our basic financial obligations. We've gone from a surplus 10 years ago to a whopper deficit, not just a deficit due to emergency stimulus spending, but a structural deficit that will persist regardless of how the economy does. This is the legacy of the Bush tax cuts and we have to let these cuts expire to start righting the ship.