We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I believe much of the resentment is merely primitive. In hunter-gatherer societies, a person who had much more, and for no easily-understood reason, was likely cheating. We learned to be reflexively suspicious. This was progressively less-pronounced, but still essentially true in herding, then village and urban societies. There's still something to it, as cheaters will always go where the money is.
But it is no longer true enough to guide our interactions. In fact it is dangerous for societies to hate the wealthy, as YHWH pointed thousands of years ago out with his 10th Commandment.
It doesn't matter if it's good for all of us. It makes us feel bad and we don't like it, so we resent them.
Assistant Village Idiot
Walter Williams has said (and I agree), that the country would be much better off if you threw your tax money into the fire rather than sending it to the government.
Burning money is a gift to the Treasury. They notice that the money supply is that much smaller and print new money to replace it.
That's more or less automatic.
Money isn't wealth. It's a ticket in line to say what the economy does next, presumably something for you.
The Fed creates and destroys tickets so that there's the right number of them, so that the economy neither goes idle nor goes into bidding wars raising prices.
That's in normal times, which we may get back to.
At the moment the Fed is flooding the financial institutions with new capital, and tying the capital up as reserves rather than letting them into the economy. A new and mysterious function for the Fed.