Bernie Sanders says he wants government to work for all Americans, not just a few.
Appearing on a CNN forum in Des Moines just a week before the Iowa caucuses, Mr. Sanders renewed his call for a robust role for government to balance the scales between a struggling middle class and the very rich. WSJ 1-16-16
Where do you think government spends its (your) money? In fact, setting aside all the waste in government and the billions going to interest on debt, the vast majority of spending is designed to directly benefit average Americans. And most programs, including Social Security, are designed to skew benefits toward lower-income individuals. In addition, contrary to popular rhetoric, various taxes, limitations and restrictions in our laws limit benefits and impose higher taxes, often unique taxes, on higher income Americans.
As you can see below, 67% of federal spending (including benefits for federal workers) goes directly to average Americans, not the wealthy or as Sanders would say, the billionaires. A half a billion of that spending is not paid for, but borrowed thereby creating higher interest expense.
I suspect that Sanders and company feel none of this is enough and would raise taxes to expand social spending. The question is how much is enough? Is there a point where Americans are too dependent on government income transfer programs? The United States of America with its diverse 320 million person population, with its history of innovation, creativity, high standard of living and huge economy is not Denmark whose greatest claim to fame may be Legos©