April 06, 2010

Happy Tax Freedom Day

Despite the guarantee in our state constitution that all Oklahomans have the "inherent right" to "the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry," the average Oklahoman had to work 96 days this year before being able to enjoy those gains. Finally, today, the average Oklahoman has earned enough money to be able to pay the federal, state, and local tax collectors.

As historian J. Rufus Fears has observed, "The American public pays an amount of taxes that no despotic pharaoh in antiquity would have ever dreamt of imposing upon his people."

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