Is the U.S. – like Europe – doomed by its distributionist schemes?

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 1 Comment

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Is our nation economically doomed like Europe? I’m not a doomsday guy, but logically the answer is eventually YES.

Two factoids indicate that we are at or past the “tipping point”:

1. 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010.
http://tinyurl.com/3lqyslj  (WALL ST JOURNAL)

2. 51% of American households paid no federal income tax in 2009, but 30% actually made money [from EITC] under the current system.
http://tinyurl.com/3poldg7  (WASHINGTON POST)

Both factors are scheduled to get worse. Entitlements will grow both in amounts and the number of people covered. Meanwhile “the rich” will pay for it all — or, more likely, we will defer the reckoning via debt and expanding the money supply.

This sad Ponzi scheme is — as the environmentalists love to say — unsustainable. Yet politically we can’t significantly reform it either. I see no way out of this mess.

And then on top of that federal “plan” is the California state and local madness. Hoh boy!

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    I might add that, as best I can tell, the EITC “negative income tax” payment is not counted in the above group that receives “government benefits.”

    If true, then we are uncomfortably past the 50% recipient tipping point — even considering that many EITC recipients also get other government giveaways. I welcome any clarification on this matter.

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