Today is (federal) Tax Day. (Virginia income taxes are not due until May 1, although many prepare and pay both on this day.) Americans are working longer than ever to earn the money it takes to pay their share of local, state and federal taxes. Taxes now cost families more per year than the cost of their food, clothing and shelter combined! If that doesn't overjoy you, than this might: It's where all your hard earned money is spent. Hint: Most of it went to pay for government "benefits." Draining away families' ability to take care of themselves at some point becomes a moral question when their government wastes the money taxed away from them, and then, like a junkie, goes into debt funding its addiction, only to hit up families for more taxes just to keep a step ahead of the collection enforcer.
Amy Payne of The Heritage Foundation explains the budget breakdown today at The Foundry Blog:
In 2013, the major entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care — consumed 49 percent of all federal spending. These programs, and interest on the debt, are on track to consume an even greater share of spending in future years, while the portion of federal spending dedicated to other national priorities will decline.
Major entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) gobbled up 49 percent, while more federal benefits took another 20 percent. These additional "income security" benefits include federal employee retirement and disability, unemployment benefits, and welfare programs such as food and housing assistance. Obamacare spending didn’t really kick in until 2014, so that will show up in next year’s breakdown.
Meanwhile . . .
National defense has been cut, while the major entitlements picked up an even larger percentage.
This chart from Heritage illustrates it plainly:
It's not that we oppose taxes. We oppose more than what is needed to pay for core government responsibilities and functions. We oppose going into debt and not only choking off economic prosperity now, but hanging that debt on future generations that won't have a say on the policies that assuredly will leave them with a country well past its world preeminence (if that hasn't happened already).
Along the way, currently, not only has the government become an addict, its policies have created dependency on countless families, tearing apart our social fabric and sense of community. What else to expect when one junkie pushes junk on the unsuspecting? Sobering, huh? Happy Tax Day!