The broadest shoulders should carry the heaviest burden. The money is needed to prove fully free education and healthcare.
There should be no free public education and/or government subsidized healthcare in a free society. It is not within the realm of the federal government nor does the Constitution allow it. The roles of the US federal government: Defend the borders, mint coins, handle the postal service, and protect individual rights.
Teachers in the public education system have no incentive to become better teachers b/c they get paid anyways if they do good or bad.
If the unconstitutional bureaucracies and overseas military operations of our current federal government are ceased, there would be no "burden" on anyone nor would we need an income tax.
Your American 'big government' is small. Get real. Never been to Europe, hey? If you think your government is big, you'd get a heart attack over here.
Europe may be more socialist than America, but America is still big government. It is sticking your head in the sand to think otherwise. Bailing out banks, failed corporations, and europe while initiating countless undeclared wars, policing the world, and stripping citizens of individual liberties are acts of big government.
Hong Kong is the best example of a free market economy working at its best. Though hampered after being absorbed by China, it's still a shining example of what a free market economy can do. And no, there's no child labor there.
Before subsidies, higher education was virtually unaffordable over here thanks to free market workings since the capital owning elites that arose thanks to free trade made sure they held a monopoly on the system, it went against their interests to let everyone have access to higher education. As for education not being a right, international law would disagree with you:
You might be confusing free market with crony capitalism. Back in the old days, students could get a job and use that to pay for college tuition without taking out loans. Just ask Ron Paul.
Don't give me that UN crap. UN is a corrupt organization (remember the oil-for-food program?) supporting the elites' dream of a new world order while violating its member nations' sovereignty (via UN resolutions). The declaration of independence says that we have certain unalienable rights: life, liberty, and property/pursuit of happiness. It didn't say life, liberty, property/pursuit of happiness, and education. The US constitution does not authorize the federal gov's role over education either.
The government is a crappy way to provide "free" stuff for the people b/c they do not produce anything...they just take money from its citizens and redistribute it.
Looks like the mainstream media and the indoctrination of citizens done by the public education system are a lot stronger than I thought.
Free market working was introduced in the Netherlands' healthcare system. Costs went up, efficiency went down. You know why they can do this? The healthcare sector has a monopoly on health care as the term implies so no-one has anyone else to turn to. The sector has complete control over all healthcare and can do with the prices as they please. Only recently was the maximum price of dental healthcare lifted by the Dutch government and prices skyrocketed to the point that insurers were unwilling to cover them completely.
Monopolies are hard to form in a free market system. Monopolies are cultivated by government intervention in the economy, which creates barriers to entry for new potential businesses and creates unfair advantages for the monopolies via corrupt legislation.
This is a typical American argument which is unfounded. The government must be corrupt, evil, out to curb our rights and freedoms blablabla. It's not. If it were, Europe would have descended into state capitalism long ago. It hasn't thanks to democratic procedure which allows the public to savagely punish any political party that governs badly, especially in a system of proportional representation.
Yes the government loves you. Big Brother loves you. There's nothing going wrong when Big Brother wiretaps your phones, fluoridates your water, assassinate and imprison indefinitely dissidents, and censors speech....he's just trying to protect you and keep you safe.
Europe is already in a shithole while America has to wipe their sorry socialist asses once again (by bailing them out). And democracy is overrated. It's basically mob rule. No point to it if the masses are brainwashed. And even if they're not, there's still no point to it if the people counting the votes are corrupt and do the counting behind closed doors so they can manipulate poll results. Democracy is effective though if we have a true republic, where it is rule by law, not rule by majority, the few, or one person.
Europe is home of one of the worst psychopathic people who are secretly controlling our world today (and the governments are their puppets), namely the Rothschild Family, the international banksters, Rockefeller Family, Bilderberg, etc. All the more reason not to trust governments and keep them small so they can't do damage.
Looks like public-education-induced indoctrination is a lot stronger than I thought. I don't blame you though. You were taught and conditioned in school (in a subtle way) to blindly follow the government while having the illusion of free choice.
Look at France and see how their big centralize government worked out. Big centralized government isn't the same as Stalinism (and no, I don't consider the USSR or any other state that calls itself communist to actually be communist; they are state capitalist).
Stalinism, socialism, and big central government have one thing in common: a few psychopathic people thinking they're smarter than everyone else and think they can engineer a utopia.
Austria is the 12th richest country in the world in terms of GDP (Gross domestic product) per capita, has a well-developed social market economy, and a high standard of living.
Social market economy is the middle ground between socialism and free market. Ever came to mind that Austria's success came from the free market elements of its economy rather than the socialistic elements? Now if it became pure free market then it would definitely become the next Hong Kong.
If he's incapable of working himself or if he's older than 65 since beyond that age people should be able to enjoy what years they have left. A good pension system is a good thing. If someone has worked for 40 years, he's done his service to society. I don't get why someone who earns 1 million a year can't pay 60% taxes. He'd still be left with 400 grand, something which I'd sign for immediately.
No one would be happy to give 60% of their money. Trickle-up economics have already been disproven b/c every time the rich get taxed they throw tantrums (figuratively) and start laying off workers. So taxing the rich hurts the middle class the most.
And don't be fooled by warren buffett saying he'd be willing to pay higher taxes. He said that to make himself look good and increase his holdings.
Why would there "most likely be an abundance of jobs in a free market capitalist system"? Employers and employees natually have unequal bargaining power. Thus, wages would quickly be driven so low that lower-end jobs would simply cease to exist - and the higher-end ones that remain would pay barely enough to meet people's needs, if that. You really don't have an idea of the horror of a real free market capitalist system.
Employees do have power in a free market. Thanks to little to no barriers to entry for new businesses, employees would have an abundance of options to choose from. If they don't like what an employer is doing with them, then they can quit and apply for another employer. Free market is all about freedom of choice.