Even if you don’t work for the government…you work for the government

April 9th, 2007

The Tax Foundation compares the time Americans work to pay taxes with the time we work to pay for life’s other expenses.

Based on an 8-hour workday, viagra generic viagra the research group estimates that Americans as a whole work:
1 hour 43 minutes to pay all federal taxes (income, sales, etc.)
1 hour 22 minutes to pay for housing and household operations
1 hour 8 minutes to pay for health and medical care
52 minutes to pay all state and local taxes (income, sales, etc.)
51 minutes to pay “other” taxes
40 minutes to pay for food
39 minutes to pay for transportation
28 minutes to pay for recreation
17 minutes to pay for clothing

That’s right, everything you do before lunch basically goes to pay for the government.

In fact, in Wisconsin, every nickle we earn from January 1 to May 2 goes to pay taxes.

Is this what the Founding Fathers were hoping for when they threw the tea in Boston Harbor?

Entry Filed under: Observations

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bruce  |  April 9th, 2007 at 10:39 am

    I’ll be sure to take a few extra coffee (or tea!) breaks then, before lunch!


  • 2. triticale  |  April 9th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Except that because of the industry I contract in, I’m usually unemployed from January till May.

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