You need a good dose or reality, this obsession with taxes is only a talking point in a blind belief of who gets the most benefit & in the meantime wealth keeps being moved up the chain rewarding only the top 4% of the population.<quoted text>
Apparently you don't pay attention to the number of Americans who are under employed or without jobs and on public assistance of some kind...the number is 47%. Raising utilities prices causes prices to be raised across the board as in food, gasoline, etc. which is a really bad idea during a downturn in the economy. We are still anemic in our economic growth so this isn't a viable or sustainable suggestion.
France? Did you really suggest we be more like France? LOL, their
tax rate is 75% and we all should be aware of the migration of the wealthy out of France!.........
For a start a French doctor does not make anywhere near his/her American equivalent but their McDonalds worker will make almost double the hourly rate of a US McDonalds employee. So the wealth distribution amongst the population is wider spread. They still have their 1%'ers and dirt poor but a health care system that works. Scandinavian countries tax very high but their quality of life is far higher. Google the top 15 healthiest countries and the USA doesn't even make the cut its right down amongst 30's just ahead of Bosnia. So what does that tell you about US Health care ??? You really have no idea what you think you are defending.
Growth is still fragile world wide because all previous growth was done on the credit card and not real. So it's not just a US problem. Alternative energy could be a new driving force for the economy but no fossil fuel company is going to sponsor it. So of course that has to come from government until its a viable competitor then it can be in a open market like anything else.