"[Compulsory taxation] gives to the politician a very undue and undeserved importance. It places in his hands, often as the reward of mere successful speechmaking, the hard-won resources of large classes of his countrymen; and confers upon him a position which could only be won ordinarily through a much more laborious process and in return for qualities of a much higher order. In this way it may be a satisfactory system for the politician, endowing him with many pleasant things in return for his facile profession of certain opinions; but it is not so good for those who are made the instruments of providing, willingly or unwillingly, these pleasant things." —Auberon HerbertObama family vacations like you could never take yourself, you pay for.
Bush spent $260k every time he commuted between home and work.
The Clintons still live in your pocket.
Members of Congress live well on your labors all year long.
All the while, they get rich doing things that you and I would go to prison for doing.
And just as a reminder, they continue to behave like this even as the national debt has surpassed the point of being possible to pay back.