The Big Government Myth


This chart comes from Chuck Marr at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  As Marr explains:

The United States is a relatively low-tax country, as the chart [above] shows.  When measured as a share of the economy, total government receipts (a broad measure of revenue) are lower in the United States than in any other member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), even after accounting for the modest revenue increases in the 2012 “fiscal cliff” deal and the taxes that fund health reform.

1 thought on “The Big Government Myth

  1. Only indirectly relevant to your post here. I find it interesting that the right uses this fear of “Big Government” so effectively. It seems to be a stand in rhetoric for not thinking. Really meaningless. When it come to environmental protection and human safety, it should be obvious to people that they should want as big a government as required. Witness the huge chemical spill and water contamination that recently occurred in West Virginia. “Big government” in the right places such as regulation and environmental protection is a protector of people, not an oppressor.


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