Before the government taxes people and/or sends them money, inequality in Sweden is as high as it is in the U.S. Then everything changes.
It's not the most airtight of arguments, but it's worth noting that it's totally possible to (a) not have a statutory limit on government debt and (b) not be engulfed in flames.
The U.S. and Japan are tied for lowest minimum wage as a share of the median.
Compared to peer countries, the U.S. taxes the rich quite heavily. But it doesn't spread what money it collects as equitably.
University of Michigan political scientist George Tsebelis talks about his concept of "veto players," whether it's too hard to get stuff done in the American political system, and why we should adopt the Single Transferable Vote system.
Lamar Alexander was very proud of the U.S.'s ability to move between presidents without mass bloodshed. Hooray?
For any given program, the government usually has several if not dozens of programs. That's not just confusing. It's a big problem.