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Happy Cost of Government Day!

Ahh yes, Cost of Government Day. That gut wrenching, sickening day when “the average American worker has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government on the federal, state, and local levels.” Today is it, and

Cost of Government Day falls 26 days later than last year’s date, and it’s 23 days later than the previous all-time high of July 20, in 1982. There are numerous reasons for this explosive growth in government spending including TARP, the so-called Stimulus, and the big three auto “bailouts.” If Congress and the President had not pushed for TARP, Americans would have celebrated COGD on July 25 rather than on August 12.

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Adrian Moore

Adrian Moore, Ph.D., is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.