[OT] Are we a democracy or a republic?

Ross Werner ross at agilestudios.com
Fri Sep 2 19:21:30 MDT 2005


On Fri, 2 Sep 2005, Michael Torrie wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-09-02 at 15:42 -0600, Ross Werner wrote:
>> probably pay between 30-40% of their income to the government. More
>> socialist countries have a much higher rate, sometimes above 60-70%. But
>> Americans historically paid far less than 30-40%.
>
> Having lived for 20 years in Canada and then here for more than 10, I
> can say that when all is said and done, we pay almost the same amount
> for all our services as they do.

I'm not saying that Socialism is more expensive than Capitalism or that it 
is less desirable. All I was saying is that a good measure of how 
socialist a country is can be found by looking at the level of taxation.

And, if one accepts that this is a decent measure of how socialist a 
country is, one can look at the level of taxation over the history of the 
United States and map quite successfully whether we're becoming more 
socialist or not. Of course, whether or not becoming more socialist is a 
*good* thing is quite an important issue as well, but not one I was 
addressing :-)

   ~ Ross

"There is death in the hane."



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