published Thursday, April 19th, 2012

'Tax Freedom Day'

We know, of course, that we have to pay taxes. But there may be some relative comfort in noting that last Tuesday was "Tax Freedom Day."

What does that mean?

According to the Tax Foundation, it means that for the average taxpayer, the equivalent of everything we have earned working from Jan. 1 through April 17 went for taxes! But then -- "freedom."

Wasn't it ironic that Tax Freedom Day fell on April 17 -- the day most Americans had to have filed their U.S. income tax returns? Was that funny, or painful, or what?

Residents of several area counties, including Hamilton, have a federal filing deadline of May 31 because of those counties being designated as disaster zones following storms this year.

Practically, we know we have to pay taxes. We are thankful that our taxes guarantee many things. They support our military, justice, many services, and some things we may not even appreciate.

Most of us hope we don't have to depend personally upon government in any way. But we do -- for our independence and the general blessings we enjoy in our wonderful country.

And we are glad, in many respects, that what we pay before Tax Freedom Day helps provide for many of our people who, for various reasons, are less fortunate than most of us.

We count our dollars. We count our taxes. We complain about some of them.

But fortunately, we can count our many blessings in living in our United States of America, too.

Our taxes support our Constitution, our freedom, our government, our fellow men, women and children -- all of us.

Without our taxes, what a horrible situation this would be for us all!

So, let us very practically -- and happily -- reflect upon "Tax Freedom Day."

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So what day do you stop receiving the benefit of the things your taxes pay for?

April 19, 2012 at 12:34 a.m.

Why? So you can blame them for everything and pretend that sending somebody to jail is an effective way to make your arguments? I thought you hated that sort of thing.

Not that you are correct about your unsourced claim, even if you planned to pay for it all at once. Which would be dumb, but if you did, it'd have to be over 50 trillion dollars. I'd like to see what you think your zero-sum transaction would be.

But anyway, the Chinese need the US to keep buying the goods they produce, otherwise what are they going to do with their population? They also aren't responsible for moist bond purchases, but they are in for enough, that it'll hardly be to their advantage.

So anyway, how much if the year do you enjoy the benefits of your taxes?

April 19, 2012 at 9:16 p.m.
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