Sunday, April 12, 2009

Uncle Sam 2009 More Oppressive than King George 1776

In just about every way imaginable, the US Government is more oppressive than King George was in 1776. Federal taxation amounts to more than 20% of the earnings of those who pay taxes, and that does not include things like social security and inflation, local and state taxes and fees. In his book Free to Choose, Milton Friedman estimated the actual number to be around 40% circa 1978. Some estimates give our tax rate as 1% in 1776 under King George, and it was somewhere in the range of 1 to 7% in the USA circa 1914.

We have far more rules and regulations than we had 50 years ago, 100 years ago, and certainly more than at the time of the founding of this nation. Rules and regulations translate directly into less individual liberty.

Every program the government implements, every "problem" the government attempts to solve, is a program or problem that We the People are not at liberty to address in a more imaginative (and potentially more profitable) way. Instead, we are obliged to pay for ever-increasing bureaucracy with ever-increasing taxation.

The American Revolution occurred because the founders wanted the liberty to solve their own problems and lead their own lives with all the inherent risks and benefits that entails. Politicians keep taking more and more power in small enough increments that We the People keep letting them. Well, it is time to take our liberty back. Power to the people!

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