Folks from the EU live longer, and have better medical outcomes. They take a different less self-centered, greedy, money at all costs, approach. 6 weeks paid vacation, universal health care. Arguably, everyone is the better off, less stressed, and healthier. Even though they see more taxes on their checks, they enjoy more services, at less costs (8% of the GNP versus 16% of the GNP here), at a higher level, and live a higher quality of life, which is longer. Just the facts.
The current generation in the U.S. is the first generation that will not live as long as prior ones.
In 1967, roughly 90% of all the money in the system was controlled by the 10% most wealthy. In 1987, that went to 95% and 5%, and today, it's even more skewed. Trickle down, and working your way up, don't work, statisically.
Even Alan Greenspan has admitted he did all the wrong things in the housing and credit markets.
Here in the U.S., where we spend as much as 16 times more money on health care, by 2020 the USDA says that 1 in 3 will have type 2 diabetes (a fully preventable disease).
We encourage consumption to fill the corporate coffers. Real earnings have declined for decades here while CEO pay is from 600% to 900% over what line employees make. Here, the rich rape the underlings. Most countries don't allow that sort of greed at the top.
Having the lowest taxes rates in the Free World does not translate to a higher quality of life. In fact, statistics point out just the opposite.
In a country that supposedly is on moral high ground, the fact that we let 45,000 folks die every year due to no health care goes beyond pathetic. In a country that supposedly has its crap together, we spend $595,000 a minute on a failed war on drugs where 70% of folks in jail are there for pot, and 85% are there for "drugs". That goes beyond stupid. We have 3 times as many folks in jail as China! Ironically, GAO says "Dare" is a miserable failure, yet, we continue to fund this military industrial complex while disenfranchising millions from American society and work force.
At some point, we have to become a better people.
It's interesting to note that in Europe, with all their high taxes, folks live longer, are less stressed, there are fewer drugs users, and fewer folks rotting in a jail. We would do well to learn from our neighbors that greed and being punitive are not always the best things for The Village.
Scare tactics are just that.
If you think about it, you'll realize that putting all of the money with a small group of folks would more likely lead to totalitarianism. Money is, after all, power, in so many ways. You just didn't think it out clearly.