In the USA, our founding fathers fought against the tyranny of the British crown to stop from being unnecessarily taxed for stuff the people at the time received no benefits from.
More specifically, the British colonies were being assigned taxes without any say of their own. "No taxation without representation."
Think of taxes as extortion (or "protection money") from the mafias/criminal empires. If you doubt this, just try to stop paying taxes and see what happens to you.
I can understand that we need roads, hospitals, schools, police, firefighters, etc.... but why do I need to pay into a system that takes my money and gives it to other forms of "public services" that are of no benefit to me??? Explain this to me. Why can't I donate voluntarily or pay a toll for the things that I use? Why is my money being stolen from me? Why???
I understand the frustration. Indeed, for most people, there is going to be some amount of cents being charged in taxes for a service that may never affect their lives, so it is understandable to see this as unfair. However, there is an aspect of "if one of us has fallen, we all fall." To elaborate, many of the services go toward people that may not directly affect others, but their prosperity would, down the line, greatly and positively affect all of the nation. E.g. Say you pay for a program that buys meals for the poor on the other side of the country. It doesn't seem to benefit you at first. But then suddenly a great war breaks out and you need all the healthy soldiers you can get. Now it makes sense to have kept them healthy, we're all allies in this great nation. This is but an abstract example to help demonstrate another view.
As for taxes going into the pockets of politicians, I absolutely agree that this is disgusting and that politics should not be practiced by those seeking to profit from it. Taxes are for the collective well-being, in my opinion, and should not be for profit.
Schools are quickly becoming unnecessary since the way things are going, they are not helping society. I don't need you to know geometry to be able to wash my car or mow my grass.
I disagree, school itself isn't becoming unnecessary. In fact, and I think you would agree with me here, it's what is being taught and how it's being taught that is becoming outdated.
People still need to be able to read, to understand how to seek out logic and information among a sea of bias and misinformation. How to form constructive arguments, how to interact with others optimally to get your point across without inciting violence. How taxes work, how income works, how APRs work, how advertisements are stretching the truth, what a service would really give you after the fine print, etc.
Personally, I also believe that everyone should learn higher levels of math, including trigonometry and above, because the world around us is nothing but mathematical construct.
I understand that math isn't everybody's thing, though, but personally the more math I learned, the more that everything in life just made sense. From the more applicable like which car I should buy to minimize long-term costs (how the shape of the car matters, how the APRs inflate the price, how much MPG is optimal for the roads I'm going to drive on), Even knowing physical properties of matter and how they interact, like friction, helps out a lot. It helps to improve on-the-cuff driving decisions (how much should I slow down for the slippery road ahead, how much is reasonable to turn with a car of certain weight and height), or even simple things like how much lacquer to put on a table to achieve most shine without degrading color. Math can even help to see abstract patterns found in culture, family, and society, as well as patterns in human interaction.
Sure, most humans will never have to literally sit down, draw a triangle, and calculate the degrees yadda yadda. But having learned geometry, one would know things like "I shouldn't cross the street diagonally with cars coming because diagonals are longer than a straight line across, so I would be in the road longer" or "I shouldn't buy the soda shaped like a pyramid because a rectangular bottle of the same height/length/width has 3x more liquid." Things pop up in everyday life that one may not have expected to see before learning, and the more about those things that we understand, the more power we have in managing and controlling them.
Now, as for jobs like washing cars or mowing grass, these are the jobs that can be automated by technology. This means that there are going to be less and less of them
, so it makes sense that people who would have normally worked them would need to learn how to do something more skilled, something that can't be automated so easily. Like repairing or managing those automated systems
. In the technological age, education is becoming increasingly needed and frankly needs complete overhauling to keep up with increasing societal demands and decreasing blue-collar jobs.
Plus, we need more education for more scientists so we can continue scientific research, for instance to understand why some people feel like they don't identity with the body they live in, and how to treat them in the best manner possible so everybody is happy