Taxes Are Down, Down, Down

As long as I’m making budget charts, here’s another one for you:

Over the past 40 years, the total federal tax burden in the US has declined from about 18 percent of GDP to about 16 percent of GDP. Keep this in mind the next time you hear some Republican on TV moaning about the immense weight of taxes in our country.

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