Headline from the news yesterday:

Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of Slavery Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of Slavery

Reid and the statists in Washington are not really opposed to slavery. They are only opposed to slavery if the slaves are owned by private individuals. When the government owns the slaves, there is nothing wrong with the peculiar institution.

On the face of it that sounds like a ridiculous statement, I know. But let me point out a few facts. Most people pay 40% or more of their income in taxes to all levels of government. This includes income tax, FICA, Medicare, unemployment insurance, state and local taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, property taxes, etc. etc. This does not include embedded taxes and taxes that are passed along by business to consumers. If you are paying 40% of your income in taxes, that means you are spending 40% of your working life, in involuntary servitude to the government.

In addition to demands on your income, governments regulate ever increasing portions of your behavior. Many of the regulations are non intrusive, and most people are in favor of them. But every day government institutions are passing laws and writing regulations. Each one restricts the freedom and liberty of the people.

Now there are several huge tax bills working their ways through congress. We will be working for the government more than 40% of our time. Soon we will have no money and our freedom will be a distant memory. We will be slaves to the government.