quote: We aren't even in the top twenty in the world for highest taxes per our income.
quote: If being number 21 is "too high" for being one of the richest countries in the world, where do you think we should be?
quote: I mean that if some poor 18 year old girl down the street with a crappy McD's job cant afford to go to college or go to the doctors for a broken leg, what are her options (in a humane world?)
quote: Is that because our taxes are low, or because our incomes are so high?
quote: No, you suggest a one dimensional metric. The real gauge is looking at WHAT is being done with the money. An example: Here in California, we've been throwing more and more money at our education system, hiring a ridiculous number of non-teaching personnel and giving raises left and right. And over the years, as education sucks up more and more money, dropout rates have gone up. They're absolutely unacceptable. That's how I can tell taxes are too high: They take more money and produce crappier results.
quote: As low on the list as possible, and no lower.
quote: Go to the doctor, get her leg fixed, and let the taxpayer foot the bill; as a people we can't stomach the situation you just described, which is why hospitals can't deny treatment.
quote: It is based as how much money is left over at the end of the year to spend on whatever we want so I would say thats both
quote: The topic was the amount of taxes so the conversation is "one dimensional" not just what I suggest. The topic of how efficient our government is with that money is a different conversation all together.
quote: I am merely commenting from the POV of being a US citizen, and since the only ones defending this (and blindly at that) are US citizens I have to be on the offensive to counter the unfounded assumptions that seem to be pouring out.
quote: I also dont mean to imply everything said by everyone has been wrong, but the majority has been merely assumptions by a US citizen that the US is "the best" and they are searching for "reasons" to make that opinion true.
quote: The hospital cannot deny treatment, but will still sue you for the money. Thats why in this country the number one reason for individuals filing bancruptcy is medical bills and expenses.
quote: Thats part of what I meant by in a humane world, I dont consider ruining someones credit as a justified reaction to her having a broken leg.
quote: I also found absolutly no mention anywhere of Canada being able to deny emergency treatment.
quote: Efficiency is at the core; if 1% of your money is taken and wasted, that is too much tax compared to 10% of your money taken and used for things that actually benefit you. Tax is inherently tied to result, and if the results are good, then the tax is worth it.
quote: It is unfounded to recognize a high tax for what it is? I don't think you're going on the offensive, bud; it looks like a defensive tone in your posts. I think you're reading too much into others posts.
quote: I don't see that attitude at all. While it is true that any large enough group of people will have the extremely vocal minority of douchebags that won't listen to reason, the vast majority of opinions from that group will be more reasoned. And while there is some vitriol being used in other posts, I don't see this "US is best" attitude that you seem to observe.
quote: Yup, sometimes the choices you need to make to save your life or improve your health are difficult ones. I think it's wonderful that those choices exist, as opposed to some government-supplied health care plans that don't allow for some choices.
quote: And I think that's exactly why credit exists, for awful unavoidable emergencies.
quote: If bankruptcy were easy, it would be heavily abused.
quote: I don't know why you'd even look, as I certainly didn't specify "emergency treatment".
quote: And over the years, as education sucks up more and more money, dropout rates have gone up.