Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Reality has a Well-Known SOCIALIST bias!

Tea Party Baby wants to know why the facts are always against him!
Apparently conservatives whined (it's what they do best) that the recent view of corporate taxes as a percentage of GDP did not include state and local taxes so it was an unfair comparison.  Silly conservatives! Don't you know that facts and reality have a well-known liberal bias?

Here was last week's chart

And here is the new and improved chart!

Hardly a move at all.  The United States is still in the bottom 5.  The United States is 8.7% below the OECD average.

Taxed Enough Already? I think not, crying Tea Party Baby.  Time to grow up and pay what you owe, Tea Babies!

Bruce Bartlett:
When Americans see these data they are usually incredulous that Europeans submit to such seemingly oppressive tax levels. Conservatives, in particular, tend to view freedom as a fixed sum: the bigger government is as a share of G.D.P., the less freedom there is for the people (if government consumes, say, 40 percent of G.D.P., then people are only 60 percent free).

The late Milton Friedman popularized this idea, but even he thought that freedom would not be seriously threatened in Western democracies until government spending reached 60 percent of G.D.P. We are far away from that “tipping point,” as he called it; in 2010, total federal, state and local government spending amounted to 36 percent of G.D.P.

American conservatives tend to ignore the composition of spending; to them, just about all spending is equally bad. Europeans don’t have this attitude because their governments provide them with benefits from which all residents gain.

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