Nate Jackson / Aug. 31, 2015

Think Canada Is a Model? Think Again.

Taxes outweigh the cost of living.

Some presidential candidates have pointed to Canada as a model for things like single-payer health care. (That would be Donald Trump, for those keeping score.) Of course, to keep a single-payer system running costs a lot of money, and that money has to come from somewhere. Or nearly everywhere, as it turns out. Reuters reports, “Canadians spend more on taxes than on food, clothing and shelter combined, according to a report released on Thursday, as increases in an average family’s tax bill have outpaced the cost of basic necessities in the last five decades.” The Frasier Institute report says the average Canadian family brings in about $60,000 (in U.S. dollars), of which 36% goes to cover basic needs and 42% is confiscated by the government. Fifty years ago, those numbers were 56% and 33%, respectively. Oh, and by the way, Canada is now arguably in recession. Call us old fashioned, but the new model doesn’t sound like the one best for America.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.