Slaves Kept More Of Income Than Americans Do Today

Will Rogers famously said, “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”

Like most Americans, Rogers understood that it isn’t cheap to live in the United States. And he wasn’t talking about the cost of living… He was talking about the cost of government.

Today, Americans spend more of their hard-earned dollars on government than they do on food, housing, and clothing – combined.

Indeed, we’re paying more money to the government than at any time in our history! We know this because each year, the Tax Foundation releases a report chronicling what we all pay.

The report also identifies “Tax Freedom Day,” the day that Americans have theoretically made enough money to cover their tax obligations for the year.

To pinpoint Tax Freedom Day, the Tax Foundation divides all federal, state, and local taxes by the nation’s income. In 2014, Americans will pay $3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state taxes, for a total tax bill of $4.5 trillion, or 30.2% of gross income.

This year, Tax Freedom Day will be April 21. So Americans have to work a total of 111 days before they can take home a penny for themselves or their families.

Running Up the Tab on America

Now, it hasn’t always been this way.

The tax burden really didn’t mushroom until World War I. In 1917, Tax Freedom Day was January 24. But following the First World War, Tax Freedom Day moved all the way back to February 22.

Sadly, it’s only moved further down the calendar since then.

During the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt significantly boosted taxes. And then he bumped them up again during World War II. By the end of 1943, Tax Freedom Day moved into April. Yet even after the war, taxes never really went down.

Today, the situation has become grave.

Consider: In 1755, it’s likely that the average slave consumed 75% of what he or she produced, with the balance of 25% going to his or her master. By comparison, we don’t even reap 75% of what we earn.

So it’s fair to say that we’re currently in an abusive form of servitude.

In fact, abolitionist activists at say, “When a situation of extreme exploitation is examined, it is important to ask: Can this person walk away?”

Well, do we have the ability to walk away from these payments?

It’s possible…

New Tax Plan Offers a Ray of Hope

With the IRS abuse scandal raging on Capitol Hill, some Congressmen are admitting that the IRS can’t be reformed… so, instead, it must be abolished.

Their solution is to implement a Fair Tax that would be levied not on what you produce, but on what you consume. If you save and invest, you won’t be taxed for your responsible behavior. But if you live beyond your means – buying houses, boats, and vacations you can’t afford – your irresponsible behavior would, indeed, be taxed.

As Jack Kemp always said, “When you tax something, you get less of it – and when you reward something, you get more of it.”

I say we tax spendthrift behavior – while rewarding those who save, invest, and generally prove to be responsible citizens.

It would turn our economy around in a heartbeat.


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  1. Are you sure thats all the tax we pay? Thoes three? Federal, State, Local?

    What about these…

    #1 Air Transportation Taxes (just look at how much you were charged the last time you flew)

    #2 Biodiesel Fuel Taxes

    #3 Building Permit Taxes

    #4 Business Registration Fees

    #5 Capital Gains Taxes

    #6 Cigarette Taxes

    #7 Court Fines (indirect taxes)

    #8 Disposal Fees

    #9 Dog License Taxes

    #10 Drivers License Fees (another form of taxation)

    #11 Employer Health Insurance Mandate Tax

    #12 Employer Medicare Taxes

    #13 Employer Social Security Taxes

    #14 Environmental Fees

    #15 Estate Taxes

    #16 Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans

    #17 Federal Corporate Taxes

    #18 Federal Income Taxes

    #19 Federal Unemployment Taxes

    #20 Fishing License Taxes

    #21 Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas)

    #22 Food And Beverage License Fees

    #23 Franchise Business Taxes

    #24 Garbage Taxes

    #25 Gasoline Taxes

    #26 Gift Taxes

    #27 Gun Ownership Permits

    #28 Hazardous Material Disposal Fees

    #29 Highway Access Fees

    #30 Hotel Taxes (these are becoming quite large in some areas)

    #31 Hunting License Taxes

    #32 Import Taxes

    #33 Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes

    #34 Inheritance Taxes

    #35 Insect Control Hazardous Materials Licenses

    #36 Inspection Fees

    #37 Insurance Premium Taxes

    #38 Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes

    #39 Inventory Taxes

    #40 IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes

    #41 IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

    #42 IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

    #43 Library Taxes

    #44 License Plate Fees

    #45 Liquor Taxes

    #46 Local Corporate Taxes

    #47 Local Income Taxes

    #48 Local School Taxes

    #49 Local Unemployment Taxes

    #50 Luxury Taxes

    #51 Marriage License Taxes

    #52 Medicare Taxes

    #53 Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans Under Obamacare

    #54 Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (if you don't buy "qualifying" health insurance under Obamacare you will have to pay an additional tax)

    #55 Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income (a new 3.8% surtax on investment income)

    #56 Parking Meters

    #57 Passport Fees

    #58 Professional Licenses And Fees (another form of taxation)

    #59 Property Taxes

    #60 Real Estate Taxes

    #61 Recreational Vehicle Taxes

    #62 Registration Fees For New Businesses

    #63 Toll Booth Taxes

    #64 Sales Taxes

    #65 Self-Employment Taxes

    #66 Sewer & Water Taxes

    #67 School Taxes

    #68 Septic Permit Taxes

    #69 Service Charge Taxes

    #70 Social Security Taxes

    #71 Special Assessments For Road Repairs Or Construction

    #72 Sports Stadium Taxes

    #73 State Corporate Taxes

    #74 State Income Taxes

    #75 State Park Entrance Fees

    #76 State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA)

    #77 Tanning Taxes (a new Obamacare tax on tanning services)

    #78 Telephone 911 Service Taxes

    #79 Telephone Federal Excise Taxes

    #80 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes

    #81 Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes

    #82 Telephone State And Local Taxes

    #83 Telephone Universal Access Taxes

    #84 The Alternative Minimum Tax

    #85 Tire Recycling Fees

    #86 Tire Taxes

    #87 Tolls (another form of taxation)

    #88 Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)

    #89 Use Taxes (Out of state purchases, etc.)

    #90 Utility Taxes

    #91 Vehicle Registration Taxes

    #92 Waste Management Taxes

    #93 Water Rights Fees

    #94 Watercraft Registration & Licensing Fees

    #95 Well Permit Fees

    #96 Workers Compensation Taxes

    #97 Zoning Permit Fees

    • Um…yeah. Those all fall into those three categories. Some of those aren't even taxes, mind you. Fees and fines are not the same as taxes. There is a difference. Fees pay for a service, like a toll bridge. Don't pay it, you can't cross. Fines are penalties. Don't pay those, you're looking at jail time. Now, I'm not saying you're wrong. But, it is a technicality. Those are all examples of Federal, State, and Local taxes.

  2. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    This article is totally racist

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