Well, we’re free of his shackles for the rest of the year anyway, because for the entirety of the year to date we have all been working for no-one but him. Because today is Tax Freedom Day, and the Taxpayers Union is celebrating!
Congratulations New Zealand, as at 10.04am today you are working for yourself. However, the fact the Government accounts for all the money earned until today means it is unlikely New Zealanders will be celebrating. The government has effectively sucked up all of our earnings for the first 154 days of the year.
OECD figures put the current burden of government in New Zealand as 42.2% of GDP… At 42.2% this year, the burden of government is even larger than when National took office in 2008. While core government expenditure has gone down, the wider crown portfolio and particularly local government has exploded.
And some idiots still confuse the National Party of being in favour of smaller government! Government spending by this measure is higher even than in South Korea, Switzerland and Australia. Tax Freedom day this year fell on 21 April in South Korea, 2 May in Switzerland and 11 May in Australia.
So they’ve had several more weeks of Tax Freedom this year than you or I. The lucky, lucky, luck, lucky bastards.
Tax Freedom Day is a day for New Zealanders to consider the egregious amount of tax foisted upon us by successive governments. … We want to keep working to make sure next year’s Tax Freedom Day is earlier. Help us do it, by joining, or supporting, the Taxpayers’ Union.
Here’s The Beatles: