How America is strangling the state

Sounds like a bloody good idea but Jeff Sachs is against it for some reason.

He\’s also, for an economist, remarkably slapdash with his figures.

Outlays on public services and investments other than health care and pensions have been badly squeezed.  Non-security discretionary programmes, including education, early childhood development, energy, environment, roads, power, ports, dams, training, science, Nasa, technology, the judiciary and much more, have been hard hit. In the late 1970s, 5-6 per cent of national income was directed to these areas.  Reagan slashed that to a mere 2-3 per cent of national income.

Complete and total bollocks. That is Federal spending on these matters. The idea that the US spends only 2% of GDP on education alone, let alone the rag bag of other things, is absurd. Complete loonie tunes.

Republicans claim that America’s low taxes and small government have spared it from the European disease. This claim is utterly false. The US is vastly outperformed by the high-tax-and-spend countries of northern Europe: Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

Cockweasel lies. Tom compare solely US Federal expenditures with all levels expenditures of other countries is just bollocks. And we should note that the health care, schools etc systems in Denmark qand Sweden (the two I know about) are funded at the local level, not the national. Actually, just as they are in the US for education.

These countries tax heavily but also spend efficiently. They buy superb public health, quality childcare, proficient public education, quality infrastructure, and remarkable social equality. The results are lower unemployment rates, smaller budget deficits, much lower poverty and smaller trade deficits than in the US. These countries also enjoy higher intergenerational social mobility, life expectancy and life satisfaction than the US.

Now that part is true: and the fact that they do it through Lander, counties, communes, rather than through the national government might be a useful lesson to learn. Mr. Economist.

2 comments on “How America is strangling the state

  1. Yes, very disappointing place, the Rebel Colonies.

    The way the Left goes on, we’d think it was a low-tax libertarian paradise. Nothing of the sort though.

  2. They buy superb public health, quality childcare, proficient public education, quality infrastructure, and remarkable social equality.

    I have it on good authority that the roads in Norway are utter shite. And I’m not sure I’d describe the social equality in Germany or The Netherlands as “remarkable”.

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