"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. I say enjoy the show, don't take it seriously." - George Carlin
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I think what we're seeing here is a tendency to believe that basic services like roads and police and parks are just sort of there--they take care of themselves. The connection between taxes and these kinds of services aren't real for lots of people, so they vote down taxes thinking they'll end up paying for welfare queens and over-priced political hacks. Sort of like when people say "keep government out of my Medicare!"