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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cost of Government Day

In 2009, Cost of Government Day falls on August 12. Working people must toil 224 days out of the year just to meet all costs imposed by government - a full 26 days longer than last year.

In other words, in 2009 the cost of government consumes 61.34 percent of national income.

Head over to Americans for Tax Reform's Cost of Government Day website for a full report and explanation of the day we're celebrating, mourning. To be fair the exact Cost of Government Day is different for every state, depending on respective state income taxes, property taxes, business taxes, payroll taxes, and other various fees that some states have and others lack.
Every year, the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation and the Center for Fiscal Accountability calculate Cost of Government Day. This is the day on which the average American has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government at the federal, state, and local levels.
Only after this point in time does a man's earnings (or a woman's earnings, as the case may be) can be dedicated wholly to whatever cause or goal, duty or obligation, as he wills it. For to not pay the country its due is to end up in prison. I say a man must pay taxes but I believe the state abuses the citizen.

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