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Don't forget taxes. If your total taxation rate is more than 50%, then you're spending half your working hours for yourself, and the other half working as a slave for the government.

Add up income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, payroll taxes, etc, and it goes over 50% pretty quickly.




I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.


Unless you get a government that blows a hole in the budget with stupid, wasteful spending.


Eternal vigilance is required to ensure the government the citizens demand exists.


>and the other half working as a slave for the government.

And the other half helping build the infrastructure, services, protection (army), education etc that enabled you to live and work in a sovereign, developed country in the first place.

I fixed it for you.


That only costs a couple of percent. The rest is waste/fraud/theft.


Proof?


Trillions of dollars in bank bailouts?

The military/industrial complex?

The prison/judicial complex?

For example, approximately 0.5% of the NYC population works for the NYPD. So, a tax rate of 0.5% should be sufficient to maintain order in a city like NYC. Add in some overhead and you get to 1%.

Roads are similar, can be done easily for 1% or less.


>The military/industrial complex?

As a European, I don't think the US would be anywhere as developed and top dog without the "military/industrial complex" ensuring it get its diplomatic way, cheap resources and favorable deals around the world.


The low cost of oil out of Saudi Arabia may be partially due to the US involvement in airstrikes against entities in Syria and Iraq.




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