Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tax Freedom Day

Larry Kudlow, one of Lt. Dan's favorite economists along with Art Laffer and Milton Friedman, states on the Real Clear Politics Blog (www.realclearpolitics.com/blog) that tax freedom day this year (the day when you have earned enough to pay your taxes) comes after 116 days. 116 days...think about that: that is nearly 4 months. That is 16.5 weeks. Assuming that you work a 40 hour week, that is 660 hours--660 hours that you work to fund such wonderful things as prayer research (see my prior posts), bridges to nowhere in Alaska, railroads to nowhere in Mississippi, and I'll let you fill in the rest.
Many members of congress run on their record of bringing home the bacon, i.e., funding pet projects in their state or district. If you vote for someone based on their ability to spend federal money, you are basically saying you enjoy working nearly 1/3 of your year for the government. Forgive me for being blunt, but I don't enjoy working for the government and I think that the congressmen and women who bring home the most bacon should also be the first one's voted out (whether they are Republicans or Democrats).
What sucks is that Republicans are spending money like Democrats did when they were in charge and Democrats are promising to raise taxes, perhaps to make us work a full 1/3 of our year for the government, if they are put back in charge. I vote in disgust for Republicans, at least right now, because they are the lesser of 2 evils. Hopefully one day enough people will speak up to change Republicans back to the smaller government party they used to be. Until then, Lt. Dan will continue to complain and urge others to do the same.

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