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There is something wrong with your answer.If a customer comes in and says to you that "I paid 100 dollars for x product. But everyone else I talked to paid only 50. Did I pay too much?" You see the product and know you can get it for 33. Do you say: "You got money, don't worry about it?"

I'm not sure I understand your point, but I think you're referring to my comment in bold above. If so, you're mixing apples and hand grenades. We're not talking about the purchase of consumer goods, we're talking about paying taxes.

I am talking about consumer goods: Retirement plans or packages. If I went to a financial planner and started off the conversation as the OP did and the person responded back with your comment, I would be upset. Then again, maybe I too sensitive to the issue. :)

True, taxes are partially payment for government services, but they are also part of our social compact, what Justice Holmes called "what we pay for a civilized society."

True. But let’s look at it as business transaction. We are paying x for y services. People are looking at the services they are getting and they are not satisfied with them. Plus, they are paying a lot more for those services than someone else. The question comes to their mind is: Am I playing my fair share or am I be taken advantage of?
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