Also worthy of consideration in taxes in the U.S. is WHAT Americans pay for
health care coverage. Ours is a free market economy, the price of health care
coverage about twice what is paid in socialist democracies in which health care
coverage is part of taxes. We, in effect pay about $3,500 more per person
without measurably better results for the extra spent. There's simply less
bang for the buck here than in those other countries, part of the reason being
insurers' overhead costs and the absence of a way to control costs.
In talking with many Canadians while we're in Mexico 6 or 7 weeks a
year, we repeatedly hear those Canadians express some amazement that we pay THAT
much without measurably better results. Yes, they say, they have gripes about
waits for service, but none feel what they gripe about being worth $3,500 more.
None we've talked with say the extra can possibly be worth that much more.