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The only major change in the US tax mix in the last 50 years has been greater reliance on social security contributions. Source: OECD Stat. The share going to income taxes bobbing up and down quite a lot in the last 30 years much of that to do with the business cycle. In the 1990s, …

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Source: Tax – Social security contributions – OECD Data and Tax – Tax on personal income – OECD Data.

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The introduction of the GST in 1986 led to a major change in the New Zealand tax mix. There was no offsetting income tax cuts. Source: Tax – Tax on goods and services – OECD Data and Tax – Tax on personal income – OECD Data.

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I do not trust the numbers for New Zealand prior to the early 1990s released by the OECD. New Zealand simply did not have a tax structure including a GST in the double digits back then to support estate of that size. Nonetheless, the size of government in New Zealand is systematically larger than in …

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Both the British and Canadian economies experienced major winding backs in the size of government. Only the UK, under neoliberal pawn and closet Thatcherite Tony Blair, was that undone. He is now despised by many Labour Party members including its current leader for this record. Data extracted on 23 Feb 2016 07:45 UTC (GMT) from …

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I do not think any of these countries have governments who can really handle managing half of national income on a regular basis. The Italian, and I assume Greek GDPs at least are topped up quite considerably to take account of their underground economies. The top up for Italy is 20%. Data extracted on 23 …

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I came across this data showing that New Zealand and Sweden had the same sized public sectors in the mid-1980s some years ago. The data could not be found again for a long time in the OECD statistical databases. One reason was the OECD changed its name to general disbursements. Data extracted on 12 Feb …

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Source: The President’s Revenue Problem | Tax Foundation. This treasury #data shows how progressive America's #tax code really is https://t.co/JIXWaHvsxx pic.twitter.com/vglkhlqsKs — Tax Foundation (@taxfoundation) January 29, 2016

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Things are pretty grim when your ideas for fixing child poverty by throwing a lot more money at the problem are easily outclassed by the Greens in terms of economic rationale, fiscal sense and political practicality. Source: Greens launch billion dollar plan to reduce child poverty | Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. But that …

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https://twitter.com/conradhackett/status/683884984772341760 Here's how Scandinavian countries pay for their spending. @BernieSanders may be surprised: https://t.co/CfDShNMcHB pic.twitter.com/YJnYScjpQz — Tax Foundation (@taxfoundation) December 24, 2015

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