And how much more than the bottom 50% do those top 1% earn in the first place?

I'll tell you, its 20 times as much.

The top 1% "earn" 20 times as much as the average American and around 100 times what those in the bottom 20% earn.

Suddenly 37.3% doesn't seem quite so out of step, does it?

The top 1%, if they're employers, benefit the most from what taxes pay for, because that gives them their employees (roads, public transport, etc.) at a lower cost than would be the case if they had to pay workers to get to work by more expensive means.

Also, proportionately, the wealthy do not buy more than the poor. They send it offshore or squirrel it away in stocks, bonds, investments and other "tax-efficient" things.

As to your last sentence:

Yes, why would anyone want to pay for somene else to sort out sanitation and roading when they could work a full week, with a commute that's more like a military training exercise, to relax with a nice cup of filthy water.

You know that in the rest of the Western world healthcare is free at the point of delivery and costs about half what it costs Americans, yet a sizable chunk of Americans are paying for healthcare they never benefit from. If, however, you paod for healthcare out of taxes, everyne would have at least basic healthcare. The belief that tax is somehow evil is the continual lie of the GOP.

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Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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Alan Duval, MBPsS

Alan Duval, MBPsS

Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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