I don't think either is inherently selfish to be honest with you.
Its not selfish for anyone to want to keep something they earned, through hardwork or other methods. I think to want to keep it while watching others suffer is a form of greediness, I still don't think its wrong. We don't call ants selfish/greedy for not feeding grasshoppers....
As for 'more selfish' to expect the govt to take money that others worked for to give to OTHERS (the vast majority of citizens work, over 93% by any measure), its not selfish either so long as you personally are giving up and cutting short where you expect others to.....
Stephen, taxes aren't the only thing keeping you from succeeding....They paid for your schooling, the roads, police, infrastructure, govt backed loans, etc..... If anything, they provided an avenue for you to succeed.
Wow, 4 thumb downs....usually that big of a difference means I am more right than wrong.
Brian, you're a bright guy from what I've read of your answers to other questions. We may disagree, but you're still a bright guy. We ALL have complaints about how 3-4% of our tax money is used, I think that since so little is justifiably griped about taht we must be doing more good than bad.....Thats how I feel the tax issue should be looked at. We do need social programs for children and the elderly, has to happen. Part of that will be abused, part of it will be used and some will be left out......Much like military spending. If 25% of the spending on "defense" went to actual troops we wouldn't have any recruiting issues, but part of the expense gets abused, part of it gets used and some are left out.
IMHO, people who complain about taxes are the same people who complain about the rain, heat, snow, toll roads, etc.... There has to be something of more concern going on in your lives to focus on. We all use much more of the tax money daily than we'll ever pay in as an individual. Get used to it.