Here's a link to the Tax Foundation's 2011 Tax Freedom Day, as reported by the Orange County Register (CA)
The most interesting statistic is toward the end of the article that states that "to pay the "real cost of government," taxes plus this year's deficit, Americans would have to work until May 23."
These articles are presented usually to rile up angry taxpayers to demand lower taxes, dammit! I look at it a different way: if we have to work until May 23 (at present income tax rates, and with enormous deficits, and with a miserable economy) that is 143 days out of 365, or a little more than 39%. So if we had a flat income tax rate of 39% (and NO other taxes - no sales, no property, no payroll, no NOTHING) that would pay for ALL government spending, federal, state, and local.
So we're not really broke now, are we?
I seriously doubt the analysis by these right-wing outfits (likely static,) but the left should learn to grab the data from their propaganda and use it against them.