Friends of Bad Math
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - Save & Share - 5 Comments

You know I’m not one to bitch about paying taxes, so I had to question the math on this crazy person’s “assertion”:http://www.friendsofliberty.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1206 that I spend 192 out of the 365-day year to pay off the government. By my calculations, my wife’s and my federal income tax and property tax (Texas has no income tax) were paid after 76 days. It’s pretty simple math to figure out that if I pay sales tax on every other dollar I bring home (which is not the case, but we’ll be generous) I am up to 100 days. I just can’t get close to 192. (and I pay more taxes and take fewer deductions than most people I know.) Either way, I am pretty happy with the services the government provides for the tax dollars I spend (although those services are dwindling and my taxes only dropped a tiny amount.)

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5 Responses to “Friends of Bad Math”

Comment from BT
Time August 19, 2003 at 11:53 am

That dude probably considered everything, including payroll taxes (add $5,394 to your tax obligation), and sin taxes (especially gasoline taxes, but also alcohol and tobaccy). That might not take you to 192 days, but it might add to your total.

Comment from jank
Time August 19, 2003 at 2:41 pm

Americans for Tax Reform (the source for the crazy person’s Tax Freedom Day) has a list of ‘hidden taxes’. I’m sure you don’t pay much in the Gun Tax department, but the next time you prepare to pour a little Bombay Sapphire, realize that 72% of the cost of that bottle was straight to Uncle Sams (US and Houston).

Comment from KellyMc
Time August 19, 2003 at 2:47 pm

the next time you prepare to pour a little Bombay Sapphire, realize that 72% of the cost of that bottle was straight to Uncle Sams

It is likely that I have financed most of the war in Iraq, then.

Comment from KellyMc
Time August 19, 2003 at 2:54 pm

In other Friends of bad math news. This article about distributed energy quotes the publisher of Home Power Magazine whose site saw a spike in traffic after the blackout.


Perez said that about 6,000 people over the past weekend downloaded PDF versions of his magazine, compared with the 40,000 to 50,000 who normally do that over a two-month period.

So he got 6,000 hits in one weekend, whereas he usally gets 40-50,000 hits over 8 weekends. Wow.

Comment from jank
Time August 19, 2003 at 2:55 pm

Yeah, baby, yeah! Voluntary taxation at its finest!

Guess my drill pay from the Reserves is just a kickback.

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