According to Kevin Williamson in National Review:
The last time we (US Government) had a surplus, tax revenue was 18.8 percent of GDP and spending was 17.6 percent of GDP. That was 2001.
Amateurs. Rank amateurs.
The Commonwealth Government of Australia has a tax target of 23.9% of GDP. And this does not include fees (like ASIC and APRA cost recovery) and the effect of compulsory superannuation (coz the US figure include social security, ie pension, contributions).
Imagine the state of the US economy and budget if their government collected 23.9% of GDP as tax. A target the Labor opposition has stated it plans to ignore and exceed.
Now imagine the state the Australian economy and budget if our mob collected 18.8% of GDP as tax.
When it comes to budget profligacy, those Americans are just amateurs.