Of course we have to pay taxes. The question is, "What kind of taxes should we impose for maximum efficacy?"
From David Walker's book, Comeback America (hardcover, page 121): "we must realize that corporations don't really pay taxes. Rather, they pass along any tax, in the form of higher prices to consumers, lower wages to workers, and/or lower returns to shareholders."
(And last time I checked, CalPERS and many middle-class Bay Area families were shareholders.)