I'm ignorant, you guys pay A LOT of tax; I've always wondered why.
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard wrote a report noting that the U.S. actually has a higher level of overall public and private social expenditures (money spent "supporting the standard of living of disadvantaged or vulnerable groups") than any other OECD country except France. For those who read this blog, have ever read Lane Kenworthy, or who can click around the OECD social expenditure database, this is old news.
The main reason the overall social expenditures show up so high is because of our wildly dysfunctional health care system, which is (without exaggeration) the most expensive social welfare system of any sort anywhere in the entire world. Another big reason they show up so high (or higher than you'd think) is because the US actually does dedicate a lot of the national income towards securing the well-being of the rich, especially in retirement through the very inefficient IRA/401k system.
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