When you take into account ALL government then this all seems fairly regressive as a tax policy, maybe more on par with a socialist western European country, except the difference is that thier citizens get some kind of universal healthcare coverage and better government services in general.
No, that table is just federal. But you;re quite right, if you look at the all-in rates that the OECD publishes, than the US tax environment is the same as some of the lower-taxed EU nations.
Table I.6. All-in average personal income tax rates at average wage by family type
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If you sort the chart various ways, you see that the US tax rates are low, but they’re not THAT low; there’s always some country that you consider to be a “high tax high service” country right around the same rate as us.
For example, if you sort the all-in 1 earner two kids columns, the US personal tax rate is 14.1%. That’s the same as Spain, but Switzerland is at 10%!
So in a way I would argue we are paying the same or more than progressive countries and getting shafted in terms of services.
You’ll get no argument from me on that score. We’re not paying a LOT, but we should be paying ENOUGH to have what we want.
But, of course, we have to defend the entire bleeping world against……something, I guess.