Tax burden

From Tailspin, The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It by Steven Brill published in 2018. If you listen to GOP politicians, you’d think that America is the mostly heavily taxed nation in the world. UNTRUE. Adding Federal, state and local taxes together and taking the total as a percentage of gross domestic product, America ranks 32nd on a list of 35 industrialized nations, ranking them on tax burden from heaviest (number 1) to lightest (number 35). Only three nations, Ireland, Chile and Mexico, have lighter tax burdens than we Americans do.

The problem, as I see it, is not that our tax burden is too high. The problem is that our incomes are too low. Starting about 40 years ago, wages have stagnated for most of us, with most income gains going to the 1%. And it is the 1% who want lower taxes, being unwilling to pay their fair share for government services. They, the 1%, can afford to purchase privately what government formerly was expected to provide for all citizens. The 1% no longer feel the need to share with other Americans. And they expect the majority to man our military and police forces to protect the lives and property of the 1%.

Trump must go