Taxed Much?

Here are a few taxes you pay. Despite these taxes, the government is still short 15 Trillion. You should pay more!

 Accounts Receivable Tax
 Building Permit Tax
Capital Gains Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Court Fines (indirect taxes)
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money)
Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Local Income Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Septic Permit Tax
Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Toll Booth Taxes
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Toll Bridge Taxes
Toll Tunnel Taxes
Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
Trailer registration tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world, had very, very little national debt, had the largest middle class in the world and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.  What happened?


5 responses to “Taxed Much?

  1. With all do respect we’ve always had national debt ever since we borrowed money from the Dutch to help pay for the Revolutionary War. I seem to remember that there was once brief time when we were in the black but it didn’t last long. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find that reference. In the absence of that I’ll cite this wikipedia reference;

    It’s pretty interesting. Some of it I was unaware of.

    • I should say “very little national debt,” I’ll change it. Thanks for that heads-up. I think you may be a tad misguided though.

      While The United States has had a public debt since its founding in 1791, it has not continuously held public debt. Many times the debt was virtually 100% paid off. While debt has been a reality, that doesn’t mean we should happily accept such burdens. Nearly all of the incurred national debt was from war. This is another reason to strongly oppose the wars being fought today which are Unconstitutional and serve the interest of the military industrial complex while bankrupting the country (taxpayers). Here are some examples from that excellent article you supplied.

      Debts incurred during the American Revolutionary War and under the Articles of Confederation amounted to $75,463,476.52 on January 1, 1791. From 1796 to 1811 there were 14 budget surpluses and 2 deficits. There was a sharp increase in the debt as a result of the War of 1812. In the 20 years following that war, there were 18 surpluses and the US paid off 99.97% of its then debt.

      Another sharp increase in the debt occurred as a result of the Civil War. The debt was just $65 million in 1860, but passed $1 billion in 1863 and reached $2.7 billion by the end of the war. During the following 47 years, there were 36 surpluses and 11 deficits. During this period 55% of the national debt was paid off.

      Then, If you will look around the 1913 date, you will see that we had very little public debt. It was almost nonexistent. This all changed with the creation of the Federal Reserve. Money became easy and those at the top of the scheme began playing the inflationary/deflationary game at the expense of the many.
      The national debt today will pass 100% of GDP very soon, something never dreamed of with past debt levels. Historically, this almost guarantees sovereign bankruptcy. We can’t print forever, the day of reckoning will come.

      • Maybe we are missing each other here.

        I haven’t confused anything. I bolded the budget surplus to provide you some evidence against the notion that a public debt is necessary and has always been so. As you first mentioned, we have owed nothing as a national debt at times. If you will read my first reply, you will notice the time where all debt was paid(99.97%). We have had many years where the public debt was nearing zero, or a very small fraction of GDP which could have easily been dismissed. 1913 is a good example of this.

        The running budget surplus/deficit is what constitutes the public debt, or lack there-of. So logically, looking at yearly surplus/deficit numbers would help one understand the nature of public debt and the feasibility of being debt free. War is the enemy of the people, who pay for the ensuing debt through taxes and/or inflation. Today we aren’t paying for the wars, we just charge them as credit to the continual, enormous yearly deficit, which leads to our crushing public debt. Quite simple, really.

        When the piper comes knocking…

      • “I haven’t confused anything.”

        Okay, I wasn’t trying to make accusations. From your replies that was what I inferred.

        What you’re trying to get as was more clear this time around. I do appreciate your assessment that war is the major source of debt increases over time rather than defaulting to partisan based blame setting. These current conflicts are the first taxes have not been increased to pay for war. It interesting to wonder if we were taxed more how public opinion would have changed over the last decade. I suspect the public would have demanded more efficacy had they (we) had more of a stake in the wars. But hopefully, with the draw downs currently in the works the debt build up will slow and when more people return to work all the revenue losses from the recession will return allowing us to bring the debt back down to more manageable levels.

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