Tomorrow in America, April 15, is Tea Party Day. More than 500 US towns will be protesting about Obama's tax and spend budgets.
US residents fear the legacies of debt that will be passed on to them and their children.
Taxes will also rise and there will be new taxes to pay for the extra spending.
For many, the battle is not just about their growing tax burden under the Obama presidency, but the direction of America towards a socialist state.
Obama's budget will give Amercia deficts of US$9.3 trillion over ten years and despite what Obama has promised on taxes for lower and middle incomes, people see the red ink and they don't believe him.
This is helping push Obama's ratings down, now at +2 in the Sunday Rassmussen Daily Tracking Poll, a record low under Obama, as tax rises up the list of concerns for US voters. In Britain, there is growing support for government spending cuts.
Of course, our tax burden is far higher in New Zealand, but Australia is catching up as government grows over the Tasman. The spendthrift Kevin Rudd has increased government spending by 20% in little over a year, a faster growth of government than during the 1972-75 Gough Whitlam period. Growing debt is causing concern over future tax increases.
Quiggin canvasses what no politician is yet prepared to acknowledge: that the consequences of bigger government is higher taxation. Given the future need to reduce government debt, as well as fund a sustained increase in public spending, he estimates that taxation's total share of national income is likely to rise from 30 per cent to 35 per cent.
Australia, the US and Britain are experiencing the costs of left-wing government. We experienced it ourselves under Uncle Helen, with its growing tax burden, higher government sopending and failing economy, leaving our finance minister Bill English, a legacy of deficits to deal with.
But with the trend for excessive spending and debt, as seen in Britain under Gordon Brown, Obama and Rudd, though not Europe, it is fortunate Liarbour was not re-elected in New Zealand. We can only dread to think what Cullen or his successor might have done in a Liarbour fourth term.
This is why America's protest is our protest too. All us taxpayers need to constantly remind our political leaders that we don't want to see New Zealand swim under Brown /Obama-style red ink, or face an orgy of spending like Australia is facing, wiping out the surplusses of the Howard and Costello years, giving Australia a $100bn deficit over three years.
That is why maybe we Kiwis too should make our own protest as Bill English prepares our own New Zealand budget. We should join our American friends and send Bill and other MPs a teabag too!! Our own politicians also need reminding of the need to keep government spending and debt, and hence our taxes, down!