One question: Who is going to pay for this utopia?
Teachers in the U.S. are quitting in record numbers because they can do better in other fields. The U.S highway system is crumbling in part because we haven’t raised the federal tax on motor fuels for 25 years.
And it’s not just here. Great Britain’s National Health Service is imploding because the government either won’t or can’t fund it. The country has a problem with crime partly because it has cut funding for law enforcement. The same is true for fire protection.
If you compare the income tax rates for the countries in Western Europe to those in the U.S., we come in 29th out of 34 countries in our maximum rate and tied for last in our minimum rate. The U.S. doesn’t have a VAT: compare that to an average of 21% in Europe.
Yes, the U.S. has taxes that the Europeans don’t pay but those burdens don’t add up to anything like the European taxes.
The U.S. is a large country with the third-largest population on earth. The size and costs of the social programs your prescribe are staggering. The wealth that would have to be shifted into the public sector would be on the order of a trillion dollars each year.
One of the failings of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) was the fact that Americans didn’t want to have to have health insurance — or at least they didn’t want to have to pay for it. The same is true of education, especially higher education.
There’s no doubt that the U.S. is undertaxed, considering all the things people want it to do. We come up short by hundreds of billions of dollars every year. The decisions needed to reduce the deficit will be unpopular and politically unpalatable.
Imagine how much more difficult it will be to add more programs, even good ones, to the federal government. Yet that is what you demand.
You talk of how 80% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and have a tiny amount in savings. How much harder is it going to be for them to make ends meet when the government raises taxes enough to pay for utopia? Is there somewhere in this fantasy that provides employers with a real push to increase wages enough to cover the lost disposable income?
The yellow vests rioted in France to force an increase in the minimum wage. Even before the increase, the minimum wage per hour worked in France was nearly 73% higher than it is in the U.S.
In the U.S. a worker has to work 40 hours a week for 52 weeks per year in order to make nearly $5,500 less than a worker in France makes working 35 hours per week for 47 weeks a year. (French workers get five weeks of paid vacation annually-there is no vacation mandated in the U.S.)
You talk about universal healthcare. Minimum-wage workers in the U.S. generally don’t even get sick days. They don’t usually get health insurance, either or, if they do, the premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses are ruinous.
How is the government supposed to fix this?
You make quite a career out of pointing out flaws; that’s easy. How good are you at suggesting realistic ways to fix them?