I’ve posted some version of this before.
How much does the government intervene in the free market?
Gov’t owns over 40% of the US land
The Federal Government owns (nat. forests etc.) 28% of all the land in the United States. Add in land owned by states and municipalities and the combined Gov’t owns over 40% of the US.
Total US government spending, federal, state, and local, is ~36% GDP.
Gov’t borrowing sucks 40% of capital out of the capital markets.
US federal debt us $19 trillion, plus there are $10 trillion in state and local debt and unfunded pension liabilities.
I forget how the denominated is calculated, but by one measure total goverment debt is ~40% of all the money saved and invested by Americans. (The “crowding out effect” : “Ya coulda created jobs, opened a steel mill or a pizza shop but instead, you invested in government bonds”).
17% of the US workforce is employed by the government.
That number does not include private contractors such as road crews working for private construction companies, engineering firms who upgrade navy ships etc…
40% of all the land,
35% of all the spending,
40% of all the capital and
17% of the workforce.
Apparently “capitalist economy” means 60% capitalist, 40% government.
Is THAT a “free enterprise system?”
Did anyone ever chant “40% is not enough?”
The US government mandates health insurance be employer provided and the plans must meet certain heavy-handed criteria.
Healthcare is 18% of the U.S. economy.
Fine, just take 18% of the 60% ya left us.