The Nation: Liberation Day

Pop out a sixpack, Mr. Average American. As of last week—May 4, to be exact—you started working for yourself instead of the Government. By the reckoning of Tax Foundation, Inc., the average wage earner on an eight-hour day had to work four months and four days this year just to pay his federal, state and local taxes. Figured on a daily basis, the tax bite seems no less painful: for two hours and 42 minutes of Mr. Average's day, he labors for those who serve him.

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