If you cherish democracy, pay your taxes with a smile

Commentary | April 18, 2007 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

On Tuesday, most of us paid off the taxes we owed and grumbled about it. It has become publicly permissible to figure out how to contribute as little as possible to our government through taxes. The conservative Tax Foundation has calculated a "tax freedom" day that purports to determine at what date people will have worked off their taxes. That's an odd way to put it - working off your taxes. We don't expect our police and firefighters to take a six-month leave from work. We don't expect the military to defend the country for just half a year. We don't expect that our public schools will shut down in June and open up in January.

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Progressive Tax Reform