WORLD - People Want Higher Taxes on Rich and Better Welfare

Arno Froese

A strong majority of people in wealthy countries want to tax the rich more and there is broad support for building up the welfare state in most countries, a survey conducted for the OECD showed.

In all of the 21 countries surveyed, more than half of those people polled said they were in favor when asked: “Should the government tax the rich more than they currently do in order to support the poor?” The OECD gave no definition of rich.

Support was highest in Portugal and Greece, both emerging from years of economic crisis, at nearly 80 percent compared with an average of 68 percent, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.

The Paris-based forum’s survey of 22,000 people about perceived social and economic risks also found deep discontent with governments’ social welfare policies, which many people said were insufficient, the OECD said.

On average, only 20 percent said they could easily receive public benefits if needed while 56 percent thought it would be difficult to get benefits, the survey found.

People were on average particularly concerned about access to good quality, affordable long-term care for the elderly, housing and health services.

Not only did people say they were not getting their fair share given what they paid into the system, people in all countries except Canada, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands did not think that their governments were heeding their views.

The feeling of injustice was even higher among the highly educated and high-income households, it added.

In light of the high level of discontent, a majority of people wanted their government to do more in all countries except France and Denmark, whose welfare systems are among the most generous in the world.

-www.reuters.com, 19 March 2019

Arno's commentary

Welfare is often misquoted and wrongly understood. It’s not necessarily targeted to those who do not work and receive government benefits, but welfare has been an integral part of any and all governments the world over. Citizens need to be protected from over taxation and under-supplied services. However, at this time, it seems highly unlikely that taxes will be increased for the rich; and if so, they will quickly find loopholes to off-shore their money to avoid paying taxes. But, as this article by the OECD shows, the fight will continue. The poorer level of any society wants more, and that apparently can only be achieved if the rich pay more.

Nevertheless, from the Bible we know that, even in the very end of the end stages, we still will have the rich and the poor. Revelation 6:15 says: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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