Summary of “Why Canada Is Able to Do Things Better”

“We are unable to build bridges, we’re unable to build airports, our inner city school kids are not graduating,” is how JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon summarized the state of things during an earnings conference call.
During my travels up and down the American East Coast in recent years, I’ve come to focus on a more mundane explanation: The United States is falling apart because-unlike Canada and other wealthy countries-the American public sector simply doesn’t have the funds required to keep the nation stitched together.
The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, a group of 35 wealthy countries, ranks its members by overall tax burden-that is, total tax revenues at every level of government, added together and then expressed as a percentage of GDP-and in latest year for which data is available, 2014, the United States came in fourth to last.
Its tax burden was 25.9 percent-substantially less than the OECD average, 34.2 percent.
If the United States followed that mean OECD rate, there would be about an extra $1.5 trillion annually for governments to spend on better schools, safer roads, better-trained police, and more accessible health care.
Denmark, with a tax burden of 49.6 percent, stands atop the OECD index.
Donald Trump seems intent on steering the country onto the same downward trajectory as Kansas: His “Taxpayer First” budget plan proposed enormous tax cuts that, his administration claimed, would pay for themselves through the economic boom they’d bring about.
There are a few scattered signs that GOP state legislators see the limits of this strategy: As The New York Times has reported, conservative lawmakers in several red states have grudgingly acknowledged that they need to boost tax rates to keep public services viable.

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