Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Happy Cost of Government Day

Government has the first right to your property. Thankfully, they have allowed us the glean our fields. -- Jim

Americans for Tax Reform

Happy Cost of Government Day!?

On July 16, Americans mark the national Cost of Government Day (COGD), the date on the calendar year when the average American finishes paying off his or her share of federal, state and local spending, and the regulatory burden. Cost of Government Day falling on July 16 means that you had to work 197 days out of the year just to meet all the costs imposed by government. In other words, the total cost of government – far more than taxation alone – consumes 53.9 percent of national income.

The burden imposed by government has increased in recent years, leading this year’s Cost of Government Day to be four days later than last year’s COGD, and sixteen days later than COGD in 2000. The looming entitlement crisis will only exacerbate the problem of government consuming more of the national income and, if left unchecked, will move Cost of Government even later into the year.

We have also calculated Cost of Government Day for each respective state –
where does your state rank?

ATR’s newly launched Center for Fiscal Accountability seeks to not only highlight the burdens imposed by government, but to promote transparency and accountability, which are key components to any reform that leads toward more limited government, and ultimately, an earlier Cost of Government Day. Stay tuned for the launch of our website at You will not be disappointed.

Americans for Tax Reform and, now, the Center for Fiscal Accountability need your help against the Tax and Spend crowd in Washington, D.C. if we are ever going to make a difference.
Please consider donating $10, $20, or $50 to help us fight back against an already, overly burdensome government. Any help you provide is truly appreciated


Grover Norquist

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