'Juul, the reason you think we have some of the world's lowest taxes is because in Europe and other socialist governments, they tax their citizens to DEATH. Here in the states, most level headed people don't want to pay for some bum on the street (thats what makes this country great), if he won't get a job, thats fine, he can sleep in the gutter for all I care.'
Okay, let's take a hypothetical situation. You're a hard working factory worker, with low schooling (cause your parents couldn't pay for college). One day you're diagnosed with cancer. Luckily, this cancer can be cured. However, the treatment will be very expensive, and since you don't make enough money to get on a good health insurance, you have to pay for most of the treatment yourself. Now, since we're in an economic downturn, your company decides to lay off some people. Since you've been absent quite a few times lately (due to your illness) they decide to lay you off.
With the cancer treatment costing you heaps of money, and the burden of supporting your family, this means you're financially ruined. You can no longer pay the loan for your house, so you end up on the street, with nowhere to go. Is that the 'bum in the street' you were referring to? If it is, I feel very sorry for you...
That's the American situation. Now what would happen in Europe?
Since you have good health insurance (madatory in Belgium, and the same for everybody, you pay according to how much money you earn), the cancer treatment will be a lot cheaper. When loosing your job, the government will still pay you enough to support your family while you're recovering, and will even help you looking for a new job, if you want them to. If you don't want them to, they'll force you to go to job applications after a while.
Now, I'm not saying that the system we have here is perfect (there are people abusing the system, unfortunately), but man, it sure beats the crap out of the 'every man for himself' attitude a lot of Americans seem to have.