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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Americans Don't Pay Enough Taxes Because... They Pay Less Than Slovaks??

The International Herald Tribune, which is delivered to my hotel room every morning, has some pretty loony pieces in the opinion section. But this one is in a category of its own.

President George W. Bush considers himself a champion tax cutter, but all the leading Republican presidential candidates are eager to outdo him. Their zeal is misguided. This country's meager tax take puts its economic prospects at risk and leaves the government ill equipped to face the challenges from globalization. [challenges to whom? from whom?]

According to a report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, a think tank run by the industrialized countries, the taxes collected last year by federal, state and local governments in the United States amounted to 28.2 percent of gross domestic product.

Emphases and bracketed comments mine.

If almost 30% of GDP isn't enough of a take to keep the government properly "equipped," how much is enough?

The short article goes on to portray a poor understanding of economics and an unfounded faith in government to provide everything for everyone (if only it took enough money from its citizens).

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