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."