Government is unpopular already. But how much more unpopular would it be if we actually had to pay for it?

President Obama keeps telling us how great government is.  He’s having a tough time selling this message even though we are getting all this government at a 42 percent discount.

That is, we are getting government for 42 percent less than it actually costs because the federal government is borrowing 42 cents of every dollar it spends.

Obama’s big bureaucratic government vision is becoming less and less popular by the day.

Recent Rasmussen polls show that . . .

So  Most Americans think government is much too big and spends way too much.  Most Americans also think government is too inefficient and is often counter-productive.

Right now, government might not seem so bad because we really aren’t feeling the true cost of government. Politicians have learned that they can spend money like drunken sailors and pass the bill (42 cents of every dollar they are spending) on to future generations to pay.

So many Americans might not be thrilled with what we’re now getting from our government, but they feel we are at least getting something, so are willing to put up with it.  You can live pretty well on your credit card for a while, until the bill comes due and the piper must be paid.

But what if we actually had to start paying what government really costs with a, well, about a 90 percent tax increase?

Of course, a tax increase on that level would collapse the economy overnight, so the revenue would not actually come in. Capital and businesses would flee the country. We would rapidly implode to banana republic status.

But a 90 percent tax increase is about what it would take to pay for the federal government we are now getting.

How popular do you think government would be then?

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