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Good news: Cost of Government day arrives July 15

Can a free country dedicated to the principles of personal and economic liberty sustain a government that consumes well over half of its total output?

??Every year,? a new press release announces, ??the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation and the Cost of Government Center calculate the Cost of Government Day.  This is the day on which the average American has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government at the federal, state, and local levels.?

And what sort of calendar did this calculation produce for 2012?  Get ready to break out your party hats and shred some paper chains in celebration, because this year Cost of Government Day falls on Sunday, July 15.  That means those of us who still have jobs only had to work 197 days to cover the costs of the government that produced endless months of double-digit unemployment and a collapsing workforce.  Yay!

The Cost of Government Center notes this is the fourth consecutive year we??ve worked until July to pay Uncle Sam??s freight.  We??re giving up 54 percent of our Gross Domestic Product to feed the Leviathan State, whose increasing bulk fuels its ravenous hunger.

Can a free country dedicated to the principles of personal and economic liberty sustain a government that consumes well over half of its total output?  You already know the answer to that question.

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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