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More Government Every Day

July 5, 2009 - 12:17pm
Richard Sutton by Richard Sutton

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I'm not a person who suggests anarchy as a governmental solution but I would like to take a moment to show our readers a few examples of the absurd growth of our government at all levels.



I was recently looking at a list of bills currently being considered by the Arizona State Legislature and was alarmed to note that a cursory reading revealed 5 bills for creation of special tax districts. 

Every special district is another layer of government, a fiefdom if you will, that has the authority to levy taxes separately from any other taxing authority that may already be draining the income of the local populace.  Here in Arizona these districts are used to circumvent legal restrictions on the State Legislature's power to both tax and spend. 

This is our "representatives" way of saying that we don't give them enough money under the usual methods so they will just do an end-run around the intent of the law.

That's fairly alarming when you consider that the average american has a tax burden for all levels of government (in 2009) of 28% which does not even address the additional costs associated with excise taxes, transportation taxes, entertainment and travel taxes, import and export fees and tariffs, etc. etc. 

For more information on the U.S. tax burden check out http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/sr165.pdf



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