Here is FDR talking about taxes in 1936.
“In 1776 the fight was for Democracy in Taxation. In 1936 there is still the fight. Mister Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said ‘taxes are the prices we pay for civilized society’. One sure way to determine the social conscience of a government is to examine the way taxes are collected and how they are spent. And one sure way to determine the social conscience of an individual is to get his tax reaction. Taxes, after all are the dues we pay for the privilege of membership in an organized society. And as society becomes more civilized government, national and state and local, is called on to assume more obligations to its citizens. The privileges of membership in a civilized society are vastly increased in modern times. But I am afraid we still have many who still do not recognize their advantages and want to avoid paying their dues.”
Young, strong and highly aggressive individuals who are willing to struggle relentlessly for what they want have little need for civilization. Indeed, this is the stereotype of the American hero. Older people, in contrast, depend almost entirely on their station as citizens of a civilized society. Without that, they are nothing.
Thus the irony that so many older people are so bitterly opposed to taxes when it is taxes and the society that those taxes sustain that allows them to exist and, even, thrive.