I posted the same comment on another thread about a minute ago. The ONLY thing that is under our complete control is how much of our money we give to grow the beast. Everything else requires others to agree, allow, participate, lead, etc. There are many ways to legally reduce how much goes to these crooks.
I live in cal where the state legislature is only being outdone by the Feds.
We pay no income tax with our deductions.
However this year “we” voted for numerous tax increases. Trying to get those down. Unfortunately most in cal don’t share your thinking.