Today is “Tax Freedom Day,” in the US, but that is already an oxymoron of terms as no such day can exist in reality because tax (extortion) is the opposite of freedom.
But, yes, if you are an average person who lives in the USSA, today is the final day where almost all of your earnings are extorted from you and from this day forward, theoretically, you can actually keep what you have worked for.
Yes, nearly half the year working to pay your master(bater)s, your (mis)leaders. In times not so far removed, in 1900, your days of being extorted ended on January 22. In 2015, it is April 24. Soon, it will be January 1st, the following year.
Tax Foundation explains how the exact day is arrived at:
Tax Freedom Day is computed by dividing total tax collections by the nation’s income, as reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Every dollar that is officially called income by the government is counted, and every payment that is officially considered a tax is counted. The resulting percentage is then converted into days of a 365-day calendar year
This indicator does not include the untold amount stolen in the form of licenses, ticketing, asset forfeiture and so on and so forth. It doesn’t include, very importantly, debt nor inflation. For many Americans, their tax freedom day might be more like October. Just in time for the holidays.
Tax Freedom Day was thought up in 1948 by Florida businessman Dallas Hostetler, who came up with the phrase, and worked to calculate the date for the next twenty years. When Hostetler retired, the trademark was transferred to the Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation has calculated Tax Freedom Day ever since. It is used today to demonstrate how much of the national income is used to fund government. Tax Freedom Day does not include debt nor inflation. As Wikipedia plainly states:
Debt is the tax on future labor. Governments secure debts by promising creditors to service and repay debts by taxing future labor.
Inflation or currency debasement increases the supply of currency. This new currency could be used to pay for government, but the increased supply results in a decrease in value of each unit of currency. As the value of currency decreases, commodity prices increase as a result.
Here is a look at the US’s tax burden over the past 115 years.
- Year TFD Percentage tax burden
- 1900 January 22 5.9%
- 1910 January 19 5.0%
- 1920 February 13 12.0%
- 1930 February 12 11.7%
- 1940 March 7 17.9%
- 1950 March 31 24.6%
- 1960 April 11 27.7%
- 1970 April 19 29.6%
- 1980 April 21 30.4%
- 1990 April 21 30.4%
- 2000 May 1 33.0%
- 2001 April 27 31.8%
- 2002 April 17 29.2%
- 2003 April 14 28.4%
- 2004 April 15 28.5%
- 2005 April 21 30.2%
- 2006 April 26 31.2%
- 2007 April 24 31.1%
- 2008 April 16 29.0%
- 2009 April 8 26.6%
- 2010 April 9 26.9%
- 2011 April 12 27.7%
- 2012 April 13 29.2%
- 2013 April 18 29.4%
- 2014 April 21 30.2%
- 2015 April 24 31%
When the income tax was first introduced in the US, in 1861, the rate of three percent was nothing compared to today’s tax levels. A corporation is taxed at 35%! And that’s not including the bureaucratic red tape it must go through. But, even corporate tax is a tax on the individual (another hidden tax) as no company can exist that does not profit and if taxes are raised again a company those costs are passed on to the consumer.
The original income tax was repealed as unconstitutional (amen to that) in 1872, but in 1913 the “Sixteenth Amendment” paved the way for the modern income tax system in the USA. 1913 was an interesting year to re-introduce the income tax as that was the same year, and passed on the same day, as the Federal Reserve Act, which would put the US into perpetual debt slavery.
If slavery is someone taking 100% of your income, then what do you call it when they take 40%? Some slave owners treated their own slaves better than world governments treat their own citizens. Some slave owners let their slaves keep earnings, gambling profits and buy their way out of slavery. Many people, no matter the color of their skin or their creed, are more enslaved than blacks were in the US in the 1800s.
Slavery has never ended in the US (and almost everywhere in the world), it has just been improved in how it portrays itself.
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”, said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Look around you in the US as slaves actually worship the ensignia (flags and symbols) of their own slavemasters, drink “beer” (which is not truly beer at all, but more like an adult soda pop), and shout out about “America, the land of the free!”
They cheer as their oppressor’s military machine fly over the circuses (football games) and chant the name of their owners, “USA! USA!”, who allow them a small portion of what they rightfully own, themselves.
There are still ways, however, to be semi-free in an incredibly unfree world. One way is to live a lifestyle such as I have lived for the last 15 years, called the Perpetual Traveller/Permanent Tourist or Prior Taxpayer (PT) theory.
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