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Trillions of dollars in bank bailouts?

The military/industrial complex?

The prison/judicial complex?

For example, approximately 0.5% of the NYC population works for the NYPD. So, a tax rate of 0.5% should be sufficient to maintain order in a city like NYC. Add in some overhead and you get to 1%.

Roads are similar, can be done easily for 1% or less.

>The military/industrial complex?

As a European, I don't think the US would be anywhere as developed and top dog without the "military/industrial complex" ensuring it get its diplomatic way, cheap resources and favorable deals around the world.

The low cost of oil out of Saudi Arabia may be partially due to the US involvement in airstrikes against entities in Syria and Iraq.

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