All the things you described are examples of local services which most people I know are willing to pay for via taxes, but keep in mind, those things existed long before the outrageous taxes we have now. What most people object to are federal income taxes, but the simple slogan taxes = theft doesn't fully articulate the core issue. Yes, we should have a military and other things proscribed by the constitution, but again, prior to 1913, those things were all funded without income tax. We could have a vastly smaller federal government and not see any real decrease in essential services. And that smaller government would be less corrupt because with less funding/spending there would be a lot less pork to bribe folks over.