This year, the average taxpaying American will have to work till April 12, to earn enough money to pay all of his taxes for the year. In low-tax Mississippi, the average taxpayer will work till March 26, to pay his tax bills, while over-taxed Connecticut taxpayers will have to work till May 2, to pay their enormous tax burden - that's more than a third of the year.
The question that you must ask yourself is, "Are the services that I am getting from the government worth from 23% to 34% of my work life?"
Or to put it another way, "Are the services that I am getting from the government worth from 23% to 34% of everything that I am paid and couldn't I acquire many of those services better and for less money, if I paid for them myself?"
The Tax Freedom Day Clock, that appears in the first comment after this post, is a constant ticking reminder that all working Americans are effectively "slaves" for a quarter to a third of the year. (For some reason, I cannot attach the Flash-based clock to a primary post on TPN, but I can attach it to a comment. Go figure...)
Please visit our site and grab the code snippet, to post it to your own sites or on social networking sites and forums, as I have posted it below. As an embedded Flash widget, it uses our server bandwidth - not yours.
Spread it around, as a way to remind folks just how much of our work goes to support the government.