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.


One 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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