... and they're willing to accept higher taxes to pay for it. That's what they NYT reports, indicating a deep ignorance amongst Americans. For one thing, Americans seem to think that raising tax rates (which is the only thing that the US govt can do; it cannot "raise taxes", only tax rates) will increase govt tax revenues.
They also seem to think that a government by taxing and building a national program can provide all people with some excellent and expensive service. If this is possible, why stop at health care? Why not new spacious houses and late model cars? How about fancy educations and nice birthday parties and Christmas presents for all children?
My head explodes when I read something like this: "Nearly 8 in 10 said they thought it was more important to provide universal access to health insurance than to extend the tax cuts of recent years; 18 percent said the tax cuts were more important." Isn't it obvious to all at this point that the evil Bush II tax cuts *INCREASED* tax revenues? That undoing it will cause a tax rev decline? Shouldn't the people who believe that the govt can provide everyone any excellent and expensive service want an additional tax cut in order to raise yet more money? Why do people who believe in magic govt fairies also always believe that increasing prices (tax rates, which is one price of conducting business in the US) always increases rev?
This frightens me. Anybody who is displeased with the US economy today, just wait until the fedl govt raises tax rates and attempts to provide "universal health care." Economic trouble's surely a'comin'.