The only god that is worshipped in America is money. Virtually all thoughts, decisions and activities in America concern money and how to get more of it. With the lack of real religion which would foster love and compassion, there is resulting lack of general support at the community level which means that 'you are on your own' and therefore totally dependent on the god of money for your survival.
The national mantra is to lower taxes so that we can 'have more'... 'keep more of our money'... 'reduce government'. We ignore the social benefit of higher taxes which translate into supporting the people of this country. Higher taxes also transform people's attitude toward 'making money'. Interest of making money, once you reach a certain tax bracket, goes down because most additional income goes towards taxes... which help support the country.