For those of you unfamiliar with this term, Tax Freedom Day is a theoretical calculation – it supposes that, if you were an average income earner, and all of your wages went to taxes first, how long would you have to work to pay your annual tax bill? 15% of the year? More or less?

A group called the Tax Foundation calculates this each year, and this year they have determined it is April 30th. (See an article from MSN about differences for different states and what it all means here.) In my limited government mind, this is both absurd and unbelievable. A full 1/3 of the year is spent working for the yahoos that sit around trying to figure out how the country should be run and how to get more money in their pockets.

Seems like an enormous burden to me – I think the Boston Tea Party was objecting to a fairly minor tax in comparison? Yet we accept it because it grows incrementally. It’s like the old story about cooking frogs – if you haven’t heard it, a quick summary: If you want to cook frogs, you don’t throw them in boiling water or they jump out. But, if you put them in warm water and gradually turn up the heat, they don’t notice the incremental rise in temperature until it’s too late. (Please don’t send me angry emails – it’s just an example, and one that I frankly haven’t tried…) By the same token, if we were paying no income tax, and the government proposed a 33% tax rate all of a sudden, heads would roll, figuratively as well as probably literally. But if they start with a low rate, say 3%, and then keep increasing it gradually, all with the soothing talk of temporary tax increases to pay for this or that that everyone needs, or tax cuts once we are through this rough patch? Pretty soon we are paying 33% of our income to the government, are accepting April 30th as Tax Freedom Day, and wondering where we ever went wrong. Does it ever end?

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