For every dollar the government takes in for a social program, they pay out 30 cents in benefits. It's a bloated, corrupt, incompetent, parasite on the US economy. If the government was a charity you wouldn't donate to it. They could do a 60 Minutes style hit-piece show every day of the year just dedicated to exposing the idiots that populate Washington and rip off the taxpayers.
This idea that if you made Phil's money you would be perfectly happy to give 50% or 62% or 90% to the government is the way a child or a Hollywood airhead thinks. Why not just pile up all your money, get out a gas can and drop a match on it. It's the same idiocy that happens with those "what I would do if I won the lottery" discussions. No critical thought, just an immediate, "hey, I could pay $55m to the government and keep $5m!" Pathetic. That's the best you can come up with? You think that's the best way to spend your money? If Phil scratched out a check for $60 million and Fedex'd it to the IRS, it would keep the government running for exactly 10.4 minutes.
And as far as venture capitalists go, do you think Bill, Hillary, George Clooney, Barbara Steisand, Ed Asner, Matt Damon, Kathy Couric or basically 100% of the dumb-asses in the entertaiment world, do you think they're taking the standard deduction? Do you think they're filing the short form?
The US is the brokest nation in history. And even though we're printing $40 billion per month worth of currency, we're still running up a $1 trillion per year deficit. Why would you willingly give even one penny to a group of morons like that?
I'm in the top 3% of wage earners in the US. I've got the fanciest Price Waterhouse accountants doing my taxes. These guys specialize in overseas tax returns and I still paid over $40k in federal income tax. If I could reduce that to $1 I would. I've already paid my fair share for ever 35 years, and the government pissed it all away.