How Many Days Did the American Worker Work
for the Government in 1996?

If you are a typical American worker, in 1996, you worked 184.6 days for government taxes and regulations. Specifically:

51.2 days for state and local taxes and regulations
40.3 days for federal regulations
32.1 days for other federal programs
31.4 days for Social Security and Medicare
15.5 days for defense
14.1 days for interest on the national debt

Source: Americans for Tax Reform