The Tea Party specifically and conservatives in general have managed to make great hay out of the claim that Americans are being taxed at an unfair rate. To watch the froth spewing forth from the mouths of activists at Tea Party rallies and to read articles outlining the Tea Party’s perspective on taxes, one would think that Americans in the 21st century are burdened with the kind of oppressive taxation not seen since, well, since a bunch of liberal opponents of the conservative government of King George III expressed their outrage by throwing tea into Boston Harbor.
Of course, as anyone willing to spend just few minutes intelligent considering the question of the burden of taxation on Americans can figure out without only the most casual of research, such a perspective has a significant and patently obvious flaw in its logic.
Think about the concept of these conservatives frothing at the mouth about the rate of taxation in this country. Think about how the concerted manner in which they have draped themselves in the regalia of those radical liberals who put their lives on the line whenever they dared speak out against the King of England. Notice the disconnect? Of course, you do. It would seem to be almost inconceivable that anyone with the slightest sense of history could not ascertain the disconnect unless they willingly committed to not doing so. Anyone paying the slightest attention to their own local news are more than educated enough to single out central flaw in taking any time to protest taxes in this country at this point in the 21st century.
Check out your local news coverage and the flaw eventually become inescapable. How many days of paying attention to the news coverage of your city, county or state–not to mention at the national level –could it possibly take before the news is about budget cuts? School budgets being cut . Emergency services being cut. Cost of living increases for government employees being frozen. Pensions being sliced. Now do the opposite. How many days would you have to pay attention to your local news coverage before you hear a story about an unexpected budget surplus of such a significant amount that government employees are rewarded with raises far exceeding the cost of living rate or that tax revenue is going to allow the entire city to be blanketed with free wireless internet service or 30 year old firefighting equipment is all going to be updated, including the trucks?
Or even that there was any unexpected budget surplus at all, for that matter.