Not sure what your problem with metaphors is, people have been put on the end of a gun over taxes. Or I guess you could argue their behavior when they and their assets were seized for taxes put them on the end of the gun.
Schools are a boondoggle. I know many successful highly regarded people that came from lousy backgrounds and went to "inadequate" schools. In my community, the road is state plowed, the fire department is volunteer, we have no police, and my taxes on my home property alone went from under $400 to $1800 in 22 years. If all the other things you deem necessary made up only 15%, my taxes would be $270. I had 2 kids in school as well. I did not find their quality of education any better then mine. Just surrounded with a much more expensive atmosphere. Women especially want lavish surroundings for the children and to make rules about decisions that are supposed to be up to the parents. It is apparent in the education system in Maine when in my youth, most board members were men. Now they are made up of women who are compassionate and very willing to spend the taxpayers money if it gets one bit of perceived advantage for THEIR children. I have seen them get into the Little League system and try to change the rules, set out by Williamsport, to get their own kid and advantage somehow. Even if it meant giving up the charter for Little League baseball, they wanted their kid to be a winner at all cost to everyone else. Gimme, gimme, gimme. You don't have to point at black people to find it. The rise in public sector unions is to blame also.
You do not choose to spend $1100, you are mandated and will pay it or lose your home. And you will pay it and more for the rest of your life. The progressive tax code is pure socialism. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. I have more property so I pay more. Or more valuable property. what if my income is the same or less then yours? Why should an asset that was the foundation of freedom for the founders be taken away? When all is lost and I have no income or inadequate income, my property is taken away. Wasn't it mine? Where in the deed or title did it say I was just renting it? I still have deeds to the low water mark in the tidal bays and rivers, when they stole this property, no compensation was issued. Why not? a valuable commodity was removed forcibly and no cares given to the owner because of the greater good. Socialism. Now they are continuing on and taking the land ON the rivers and oceans, for the greater good. As if unreal taxation wasn't restrictive enough for the locals. They had to do more because the people moving here had the money to pay what they considered to be a paltry sum in taxes. See NH.
This is a long rant and covers many things in modern society. You are not free whatsoever. You just think you are because you can go hunting and driving about and you know of other countries that are more restrictive. If you get beat with a bat and I get beat with a ruler, I guess I have it better, but I still got a beating.