We do not have a democracy, we have a kleptocracy.
Winston Churchill likened taxation to plucking a goose - "The maximum of feathers with the minimum of hissing".
Until our Silent Majority become the Loud Majority, we will continue to be treated like geese that are to be plucked as often and as short as possible.
Or an old Scots toungue twister as used in Government circles:
"I am not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's son,
I'll be plucking pheasant's until the pheasant plucker comes".