Show him your paycheck.
Ask him if he thinks it’s fair for the government to take SO much?
Don’t bother arguing left-right.... it’s a losing, meaningless name game. Argue freedom loving vs totalitarianism. The National Socialists reared their ugly heads in Germany before, and here they come again. We are infested with International Socialists. And rest assured, as soon as they have consolidated enough power they will become Nationalists. It’s happening all around us and the stench is overwhelming.
Go to the Wikipedia site for the 1995 gov shut down. As of the 3rd, it had been edited around 10 times. Ask him why an event that occurred nearly 20 years ago needs to be edited right now. The answer: lefty policital activists are rewriting history.
I prefer to ask how much of a percentage they think would be 'fair' for the government to take. When they respond with a number, I start adding in State and local tax estimates, FCC 'charges' on their beloved cell phones and the fun begins. I usually also ask if they go around opening their wallet and asking businesses to feel free to take what they want.