Friday, April 4, 2008

After Leviticus; Before Deuteronomy

The US budget is, after rounding, about three trillion dollars this year. This is $3,000,000,000,000. The US population is, after rounding, three hundred million. This is 300,000,000. If we make some (probably unfounded) assumptions about how much in the way of taxes each of us should pay to balance the books, you'd be looking at $10,000 per person, including children.

Of course, the government has other sources of revenue than personal income tax, but just the awareness of this number should be required for anyone who expects to be taken seriously in any discussion of tax policy.


The CIA main page at cia.gov is delivered over https. This makes me laugh.

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