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Tom Sears

April 14, 2009

On the Right Side: Let's act against tax burden

Well, according to the Tax Foundation of Washington, D.C., Monday was tax freedom day.

This is the date that, on average, we have paid off all levels of government for the year and can start keeping what we work hard for.

Basically, we work 103 days for the government and allow it to keep wasting our money; and Obama, not even three months into his reign, is setting records as to the amount he wants to waste. To put it another way, we pay more in taxes than we spend on housing, food and clothing combined.

We New Yorkers even have it worse. We are ranked third-highest of all 50 states. That means all levels of government keep sucking the money out of our wallets until April 25. Only New Jersey and Connecticut are worse than we are (barely).

Great job, Governor Paterson. The sooner you're out of office, the better off we all are (I hope). Alaskans had their governments paid the soonest. They're done by March 23, more than a month sooner than we are.

Hmmm, now who runs Alaska? Congratulations, Governor Palin. Tennessee, my eventual home state, has a freedom day of April 5.

That makes Wednesday more important than ever. This is the day that more than 3,000 towns and cities across the country will be holding their TEA (Taxed Enough Already) parties.

Haven't heard about it? Of course you haven't. Most, if not all, of the mainstream media have chosen not to report about this event. Too bad our future budding journalists aren't taught to just report the news, no matter what it is, even when you don't agree with it.

A class in Ethics 101 would probably help also.

Fortunately, the conventional media are becoming less and less relevant. Won't it be great when these biased, liberal bastions are out of business? It will be a great day for everyone when the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Washington Post and others like them have to close their doors for the final time.

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