KevinKohler, I added your response to my entry...Unglamorous but Important Things
Regarding the guy with no licence...you see that he did not spend any of his taxes on roads...but what you didn't see was that he spent his taxes on government research for a cure for cancer. The economic term for this is "opportunity cost
" and it's a fundamental part of the invisible hand concept.
How many potholes would you be willing to endure for a cure for cancer?
Nobody can answer that question for you. Congress just guesses what all of our answers are...and it's the equivalent of somebody that's blindfolded trying to drive you across town. When the car crashes you just vote for another blindfolded person to try and get you to your destination. How many times now have the keys to the car been passed back and forth between Republicans and Democrats?