"A man condemning the income tax because of the annoyance it gives him or the expense it puts him to is merely a dog baring its teeth, and he forfeits the privileges of civilized discourse.  But it is permissible to criticize it on other and impersonal grounds.  A government, like an individual, spends money for any or all of three reasons: because it needs to, because it wants to, or simply because it has it to spend.  The last is much the shabbiest.  It is arguable, if not manifest, that a substantial proportion of this great spring flood of billions pouring into the Treasury will in effect get spent for that last shabby reason."
--Nero Wolfe
Source: http://irresponsiblereader.com/2018/04/16/quotation-of-the-day