Ah. But the Swiss have no military (except the Vatican) and no real foreign involvement. That is why they can ignore the plight of the world and focus on themselves. Nevertheless, I get what you are saying. Here is the rub: the states which pay little in taxes bc their tax base is low (and their citizens income is equally low) won’t raise takes. That is why they are ‘red states; it is a Darwin/ only the rich survive. Private schools/ colleges/ and richer enclaves. I live in CA and do pay high taxes, but it is worth it: roads , parks, beaches, decrease in pollution, etc. Sure it would be nice to pay less, but not so the school children have to have a public school system like Ok or AR — those teachers are so poor they have to sustain two/ three jobs. Anyway, a moderate proposal is what works best and all pitching in. Note: Florida pays NO INCOME tax and it is a hot mess.

Robert Pacilio’s authored “Meet Me a Moonlight Beach”& “Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe” He’s the 1998 San Diego County “Teacher of the Year”

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