220. On taxes
August 10, 2009 § Leave a comment
We need to remember this and not expect that any solution will emerge without ferce struggle, as we are seeing goin on in the townhall meetings now. Just a harbinger as the situation seems to be deteriorating.
The United States was founded, essentially, on resistance to taxes, and to this day, an aversion to the grasping hand of the state seems fundamental to the American psyche. The share of total income collected in taxes by all levels of government in the United States is 27 percent, compared with 51 percent in Sweden, at the other extreme. The conflicts to come are foreshadowed in California, where popular anti-tax sentiment has forced substantial reductions in medical care for the state’s poorest children.