When tax revenue falls, unnecessary government services take it in the shorts.
It's important to understand what is meant by "unnecessary government services". For example the following services are vital, and cannot be cut:
- School administrators' salaries.
- Kickbacks and subsidies to professional sports teams.
- The mayor's "business development" visits to Monaco and Cap d'Antibes.
"Unnecessary government services" would be things like:
- Pothole repair.
- School teachers and school bus drivers.
- The po-po.
Now, as a good libertarian, I think there's hardly a thing the government does, short of nuking the Japanese 'til they glow, that couldn't be done better and more efficiently by a private concern. However, if you're bound and determined to steal money at gunpoint from me anyway, is it too much to ask that you spend it on something useful and from which I might derive a tangible benefit?
It's like being robbed: It would take at least some of the sting out of it if you knew the guy was going to spend the money on tuition and a haircut instead of rotgut and lottery tickets.