Cost of Government Day
Posted on August 19, 2010

Today marks the first day of the year that the average American is not working for the government.  According to Americans for Tax Reform, it took 231 days for the average American to “to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government on the federal, state, and local levels.” 

Due to Washington’s out of control spending habits, the American people each year work more and more days just to pay their share of taxes.  Two years ago, the Cost of Government Day fell on July 16, and in 2009, it occurred on August 11.  Americans for Tax Reform explained, “One of the contributing factors to increased spending is the growth in government payrolls.  The federal workforce totaled 4.4 million employees this year, while the addition of state and local workers brings the total government workforce to 24.315 million employees.”

While hard-working Americans are struggling to make ends meet in this ailing economy, Washington should be easing the financial burden on families by letting them keep more of their salaries through tax cuts.  Instead, Washington continues to increase taxes and spending through programs such as the big-government stimulus.  In order to ensure you don’t spend more days working to fund the government, I have introduced the JOBS Act, which would rescind any unspent dollars from the $1.1 trillion stimulus program and provide real tax cuts to individuals and small businesses.  The Democrats’ tax and spend policies have failed to stimulate the economy.  It’s past time to empower the American people by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money.

The opinions expressed below are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily represent those of this office.
  • Eugene Garner commented on 8/22/2010
    Debt slavery to the Federal Reserve plays a key issue of every American and business in the USA. This is due to the fact that we the peoples money is controlled by this unconstitutional, private entity that pays no taxes as it creates money from thin air. This control trumps free enterprise from working, as business is driven off-shore leaving the American people with few jobs but enormous debt as our criminal, special interest owned elected representative spend us into oblivion.
  • Stephen Ziegler commented on 11/19/2010
    I appreciate your thoughts on abortion. However, I am very pro choice. When a woman and man have decided to lay down together, they have BOTH made their choice. There are exceptions, but not many. And the responsibilities from that choice are not 50/50, they are whatever it takes/ whatever it takes, not out of the taxpayer. I've run some numbers, best I can discern, I've paid for raising several thousand kids, I only had two, and they were intentionally planned. Nail the people that had the others and make them responsible. Good luck, we're too far gone for that. Stephen Lee Ziegler USAF Veteran and Proud
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