Back in the late 1980’s I remember seeing that tax freedom day was May 15th. This was the date of the year that you had paid your FEDERAL tax. In other words, you have worked all year up to May 15th paying your federal tax. For the rest of the year you can work for yourself. OH! Forgot about State and local taxes! Counting State and local taxes, the freedom date was determined to be about one month later. In percentage terms, 44% of the average income was taxed. In the year 1900, this figure was less than 1 percent.
The Health Care system in the United States IS the last great economic engine our country has. We have led the world for over a century in innovation and technological breakthroughs. This system is calculated to be about 18% of the private sector economy of the United States. Combined with the actions of the Federal government concerning the automobile industry and the banking system, the percentage of the private sector of our economy that was taken over by the government within the two year period of 2009 and 2010 totaled more than 47%. Naturally, this takeover is not complete nor is it immediate. It will be decades before the full effect of this will be felt.
The takeover of the health care system of this country by the government is a severe restriction of economic freedom. Don’t think so?
My Mother-in-law is 86 years old. Over the past 5 years, she has had both hips replaced. Her mobility and life have taken a huge jump for the better. Do you really believe that the Health Care system that is going to go into effect over the next 5 years or so would actually spend that kind of money on a 86 year old woman? They will supply her with painkillers and dope her up. This is what we have to look forward to. And when we get there, it will be far too late to reverse.
I do not know what the tax freedom date is today. I can tell you this: If things remain as they are today, the Federal government takeover of so much of the private economy can only severely reduce economic choices that U.S. citizens enjoy today. Economic freedom is what made America great. This is why we revolted from England in the first place. Taxation without representation was THE major issue. The overriding of the U.S. public resistance to government takeover of the health care system is placing our republic in jeopardy in more than one way.
What can stop the Republicans from privatizing Social Security once they obtain a majority that Democrats enjoyed in February 2010? Better yet, just repeal it. How about repealing Medicare and Medicaid? Why do we need to listen to the American public anymore now that they don’t understand what is good for them? The passing of the health care bill over the wishes of the American people is responsible. We can expect far more extreme actions from our government against our wishes. This is NOT freedom.