Advocate Yeonmi Park was featured in the New York Times on life in North Korea, her escape, and the fight for freedom.
Park grew up in the brutal and repressive North Korea as a child of privilege until her father was arrested for sending metals to China. He was sent to a labor camp — and Park and her mother set off on a long journey to freedom away from the oppressive regime. Park painted a grim portrait of life as a child in North Korea. “One of my earlier memories was my mom telling me not to even whisper, because the birds and mice can hear my whisper,” she said. “I was so surprised in the West to see parents encourage their children to express their feelings. I had to learn at that young of an age not to.”
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Tomorrow is Tax Freedom Day, marking the date that the U.S. as a whole will earn enough money to pay off its tax bill for the year.
The Washington-based Tax Foundation has released a report calculating Tax Freedom Day for every year since 1971, and 2015’s continues to highlight the disturbing growth of government.
First and foremost, Tax Freedom Day falls on April 24 this year—three days later than last year’s date of April 21. In fact, Americans now pay more in taxes than they do in clothing, food, and housing combined.
As if that wasn’t disturbing enough, Tax Freedom Day does not account for all state spending, since governments have the tendency to rack up billions of dollars in debt and unfunded liabilities. Altogether, Tax Freedom Day would fall on May 8 if you account for federal borrowing.
It seems pretty obvious that four months of wages is an unhealthy amount for the government to demand, but some disagree. Last week, I refuted some of the most popular tax myths perpetuated by prominent progressive thought leaders like former secretary of labor Robert Reich.
Another popular myth often circulated during tax season is that high taxes have little effect on reducing economic growth. After all, the top marginal income tax rate in the U.S. was 94 percent throughout the 1950s, one of the most prosperous decades in American history.
Of course, the tax code of the 1950s was littered with so many loopholes as to bring the effective top rate down much lower. But beyond anecdotal evidence, hardline data from America’s own “laboratories of democracy”—the states—prove that lower taxes create more economic growth.
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Advocate Matthew Tyrmand was featured in Wprost on how the lack of media freedom reduces economic growth.
You can read the full piece in Polish here.
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