The government’s fiscal year for 2014 is over, and 2015 has already begun. Ah, a clean slate. A chance to resolve to do better this year.

Or not.

Even though the U.S. Treasury is still collecting a record amount of taxes, in the first two months they ran a deficit of $178.531 billion and spent 44% more than they brought in. Not a good start.

Tax revenue continues to rise, going over $400 billion in October and November for the first time ever. Not to be outdone, spending rose as well – to nearly $583 billion in the same two months.

That’s $1,541 per household in the US that someone will have to pay for. Happy Fiscal New Year!

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: a government that spends so irresponsibly does not deserve our tax dollars. Not until it learns how to spend what it already has wisely.

And what is all that money spent on anyway? Many programs that the government has no business running, but would be better taken care of by private citizens.

Maybe one of those private citizens could give the Treasury a lesson on how to live within your means.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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