Focus Point - Two Tax Notes

Commentary by Pete du Pont

I'm Pete du Pont with the national center for policy analysis.

Two tax notes, in case you missed them. Six years after the republicans took over the house, the tax bite continues to rise. In its annual report, Americans for tax reform tells us tax freedom day comes later again; the average American now works until may 3rd to pay his taxes, and only after that begins working for himself. Since 1992, the year Bill Clinton was elected, the date has moved from April 20th. So despite the rollicking prosperity of the '90s, you're still paying more taxes. Tax cut anybody?

Second, a report by another watchdog group, the National Taxpayers Union. Did you see the anti-market people in Washington protesting the World Bank and IMF? You paid for them. About $15 million in taxpayer money went in federal grants to the likes of earth action coalition, friends of the earth, and the rural coalition, and Washington, D.C., wants five million from the feds -- i.e., you -- to pay for extra policing. Just thought you'd like to know.

Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, doing bi-lingual ed correctly.