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Old 09-07-2018, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by puddleglum View Post
Canada is geographically close to the US but its polity is more Swedish. It has 10% the population of the US which responsive system of government. Like Sweden it made significant economic changes in a short period of time in the early 90s. It cut government spending by 20% over 5 years from 1993 to 1998 and its debt to GDP ratio when from 67% in 1994 to 31% in 2008 and has stayed there for a decade. It ran a government surplus for 11 straight years.
You are contradicting yourself, since Canada did all this with single payer healthcare.
But perhaps part of it is not having unaffordable massive tax cuts which aren't supposed to bust the budget but which always do. And which increase income inequality, making us more like Venezuela.

BTW we have friends who just fled from Venezuela - one kept her citizenship so they are legal. The poor might have gotten more in the past but there was never anything like equality. Even in the better days it was like an NRA nightmare - you had to hire someone to stay in your apartment when you went on a trip or it would surely get robbed. The US is nothing like Venezuela.
Note they got worse as they got more autocratic. Which is yet another reason to resist Trump.