One reason the majority of voters elected President Obama was because he sought to get us public health care like all other advanced nations have. Overpriced health insurers and drug companies convinced his opposition to block public health and forced Obamacare to make people pay retail for insurance and medicine. That adds about 20 percent to 30 percent to the cost. Hopefully, Congress will allow our next president to fix that problem.
The purpose of public provisioning is to get us quality things wholesale like: water, sewer, roads, bridges, public safety, etc. All these services were once private. The increase in taxes lowers the total cost of quality living. Government also audits and improves the standards of public services over time.
The military is a good example. Our federal military provides superior defenses over what thousands of local armies could. Likewise, public universities provide more education per dollar than private ones do.
It’s a mistake to resist all tax increases, when wisely allocated increases can provide a better life than we can afford when buying everything privately and in low volumes. That’s why many countries that pay more in taxes than we do are happier and better off than we are.
G.H. Mickey Thompson