The US’s ranking is 108th out of 140 countries in the Happy Planet Index.
The wealthiest .01% of taxpayers contributed 29% of all campaign dollars. In 2018, one donor alone gave $122,250,000 (and was rewarded by his wife being given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor).
In the 2000s, when Republicans in Congress wanted to reduce or eliminate the federal tax on wealthy estates (commonly called the “estate tax”), Luntz advised Republicans to use the term “death tax” instead. Although the tax applied to only a tiny percentage of the US population – the word “death” misled many ordinary Americans into thinking it applied to them. This gave the term “death tax” powerful traction, with the result that since 2000 the number of estates having to pay the tax was pared from 52,000 in that year down to only 5,000 in 2017, and Republican politicians want to eliminate it entirely.