Between 1984 and 1994, the average American's total tax bill rose faster than almost any other single expenditure. In constant 1994 dollars, taxes rose from $6,586 to $7,927, an increase of 20 percent. While the rate of increase in some expenditures outpaced the tax bite--per capita recreation outlays boomed 35 percent--federal, state, and local taxes far outstripped most other costs. In fact, in 1994, the average American spent more on taxes than food, housing, and clothing combined.
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