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Bogus Tax “Freedom” Day Set for April 9th

Today the conservative Tax Foundation released its annual Tax Freedom Day report declaring that April 9th will be the day that Americans will have “earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels.” The report has serious methodological flaws. Among other things, it misrepresents the typical person’s tax responsibility by lumping in taxes paid primarily by higher income taxpayers and businesses into its calculations of the “average tax burden.”

More worrisome than the methodological flaws, however, is the bizarre implication that somehow once our collective tax payments are remitted to government they then somehow simply evaporate. What actually happens on April 9th (if you buy the methodology that generates this date) is not merely that we are finished paying this year’s tax bills but rather that we are finished paying for the stuff we have decided to purchase collectively like Social Security, Medicare, roads, schools, disease research, health inspections, national defense, Pell Grants, etc. etc.

The report calculates that North Carolinians will actually reach tax freedom day slightly earlier, April 7th to be exact, than the rest of the nation, largely because our incomes are lower and therefore not subjected to the progressive federal income tax structure to the same degree as states with typically higher incomes. Just think, we as North Carolinians could be “free” so much earlier this year if our state leaders would: release a few prisoners early, shave a few weeks off of the public school year, close the doors to the community colleges and universities to some of the half-a-million unemployed workers who currently reside in our state, trim back on those “luxurious” health care benefits like dental care and eye screenings that we provide children in low-income families, scale back on the number of fire-fighters, EMS workers and police officers in our communities, crowd the courts a bit more, forego some road maintenance projects and postpone some environmental clean-up initiatives. Making choices like these would provide us all with more tax “freedom.” Doing so would also make this a pretty crappy place to live, put thousands of people out of work and sabotage our state’s future – a pretty high price to pay for more “tax freedom.”

5 Comments

  1. Jeff

    March 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Similar thread issue… saving time.

    Jeff
    30 Mar 2010

    2:02 pm
    Spin it any way you want to fellas. This dog will repeal itself when the money runs out and no amount of begging to and for the Constitution is gonna restore it.
    AdamL
    30 Mar 2010

    2:05 pm
    It’s true that Bush put our finances in a tough spot by not paying for Medicare Part D or the trillions in tax cuts — but at least health reform will reduce the deficit.
    Jeff
    30 Mar 2010

    2:33 pm
    Adam, Huh? Tax cuts are the least of our worries. Why don’t we look at the Empire we have overseas and the money going down those holes. How about your bejewelled entitlement programs? Yeh, they’re really makin’ money for us.

    If you didn’t understand what I was meaning by, “this dog will repeal itself”, then I don’t guess explaining the problem the executive branch has had since day 1 will make any sense either.

    It ain’t their money and it ain’t your money… so when you take it, it’s theft. I don’t need the Constitution to explain that fact to a cop.
    Anyone connected to any of these money grabs by the Government are liars and thieves, Looters and Moochers and Atlas is shrugging. The problem is the fleas don’t know it yet.

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  4. Doug Johnston

    April 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

    What exactly are the benefits that some citizens feel are too costly or prefer not to enjoy? I woke this morning with reasonable assurance that there would be clean water for my coffee, wastes would be conveniently removed from my home, children would be transported to schools, and I could travel to honest employment with the knowledge that an umbrella would not be needed. Our government is thwarting enemies who have re-invented in our modern era dozens of devious and hard-to-defend ways to hurt us; has kept our wives and daughters (unlike our mothers and grandmothers) out of sweatshops to win the fruits of their labor); has protected our children from tuberculosis, polio, and other diseases that not so long ago took away the joys of childhood from so many; has provided the way to justice in our courts when greed or evil of others threatens our lives or prosperity or when government, itself, is the victimizer. If you think about it, most citizens, even angry, ignorant, or jaded ones, have their own list. I sympathize with those who do not in the same way I sympathize with teenagers who criticize their parents for interfering or not doing enough or the other countless agonies that spring from adolescent angst. Admittedly, I have never woken to a day when I did not see something that needed fixing. However, that does not mean I will complain about paying my share and not be grateful for the many things I enjoy and acknowledge when I hear people say, God bless America.

  5. Grand Junction Chiropractor

    May 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

    i enjoyed my bogus tax freedom last April 9.Doug is correct, God bless, America.