They are able to tax us because we allow it. Despite all the bickering over taxes...if the American people stood together and demanded an action regarding taxes...that's what would happen.Ultimately: as it stands right now - we share governance of our money with the government. They are able to tax us, define regulations that inact fines on us and our transactions, etc. They do not have to, though, listen to our complaints - the judicary, therefor, is where we take serious issues - such as how income tax was addressed decades in the past and other issues of private bank vs federal reserve, etc.
Again, they tax us because as a whole, we allow it...not because we have no say in it. It's not a "shared" governance. Our government is for the people, by the people.If it was 100% our own: they wouldn't be able to tax us at all - and so on. It's a shared 'governance' - if we elected the governemnt and defined it's functions then that's what we decided was best.