I agree partially with your post. In Western Europe, the benefits and taxes are much larger than in America. However, Europe has massive debt, heck all 'countries with high standard of living are in massive debt save Canada, Japan, and South Korea.
Canada doesn't really have a problem yet due to their oil and partial government ownership of oil companies with high (oil)taxes. This means the Canadian government makes money through the oil taxes and gets a certian cut in profits of most oil companies since they bought the stock.
Japan and South Korea are advanced due to cultural differences and highly nationalistic attitude towards their economy. This means they produce GOOD electronoics and only buy SOUTH KOREAN or JAPANESE goods.
Not suprisingly, countries with lower debt have a better economic growth rate.
Borrowing for 'the good of the people', hurts the people more!
And you got angry at me when I used wikipedia....
Quote me. I didn't it wasn't me lol.