Democrats seek to raise taxes while Americans already pay more in combined taxes than is spent on basic necessities

In order to finance the excessive spending of the Democratic-controlled Congress and White House over the past year and a half, congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden have already acted and further seek to increase the tax burden imposed on the American people even higher.

Yet, government figures show that Americans already pay more in taxes than they spend on food, clothing, and health care expenses combined, CNS News reported.

Indeed, it would seem that the Democratic-controlled government wants to soak every dollar possible from American taxpayers and their families, leaving them with even less of their own money to spend on inflated prices for the bare necessities of living, such as food and clothes and health care.

More paid in combined taxes than spent on basic necessities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American “consumer unit” spent around $15,495.28 on clothing, food, and health care expenses combined in 2021.

At the same time, the average “consumer unit” also paid approximately $16,729.73 combined in terms of federal, state, and local taxes.

For the record, the BLS defines an individual “consumer unit” as either “families, single persons living alone or sharing a household with others but who are financially independent, or two or more persons living together who share major expenses.”

Crushing tax burden amid high inflation

Per the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey for 2021, the spending by American families and individuals broke down to an annual average of $8,289.28 for food and groceries, $1,754.39 for clothing and apparel-related services, and around $5,451.61 on expenses related to health care.

That spending on necessities was eclipsed by the average tax burden shouldered by those same American families and individuals, however, as they paid on average $8,561.46 in federal income taxes, $5,565.45 for Social Security, around $2,564.14 in state and local income taxes, another $2,475.18 for property taxes, as well as $105.21 in other taxes, all of which was slightly offset by an average of $2,541.71 in federal stimulus payments in 2021.

Thus, the American “consumer units” utilized as piggy banks for federal, state, and local governments ultimately paid around $1,200 more for taxes than they did for the basic necessities of life in 2021.

For what it is worth, CNS News showed how that gap in 2021 was actually reduced compared to what it had been in 2020 when the average American “consumer unit” paid approximately $17,148.12 in combined taxes versus around $13,927.74 for food, clothing, and health care — though that can be at least partially explained by the substantially reduced consumer spending during the pandemic-related lockdowns and business closures of that year.

Increasing financial pain of higher tax burden purposeful

Historic inflation is already badly hurting Americans, but according to an August statement from Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), top Republican on the House Budget Committee, “Rather than help those Americans who are suffering, Washington Democrats are barreling ahead with their agenda that will only prolong the inflation crisis and make it worse. At $745 billion in spending and $146 billion in debt, this bill will throw more fuel on the inflation fire while at the same time it hammers American families and businesses with $599 billion in tax increases and budget gimmicks.”

“Democrats are not just raising taxes — including over $10 billion on families making less than $200,000 per year — they are also throwing $80 billion at the IRS so it can hire 87,000 new agents to go after those families. Under their plan, the IRS will be able to conduct 1 million more audits per year on the middle-class,” he added. “The message to the American people is simple: while families are struggling under the weight of Biden’s inflation crisis, they will pay more in taxes, become targets of the IRS, and see no relief from the high prices they are paying, all so President Biden and Washington Democrats can give welfare to the wealthy and big corporations.”

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