For U.S. wage earners, the good news is that the 16.6k+ in taxes they pay is #25 among the developed nations which boast an average tax rate of 35.8%.
So, U.S. wage earners should feel pretty good, shouldn't they? After all, they're far better off than all of those foreign wage earners who pay even greater confiscatory tax rates to the governments of those top 24 nations!
Without the income or payroll tax, the Tax Foundation report notes, the average U.S. worker in 2013 would have taken home $53,223.
Of these data, U.S. liberals would ask: "Who needs that ~$5,000 in additional income anyway?" Indeed! If liberals had their way, Uncle Sam would become even more so their social democractic experiment--which most of those top 24 tax guzzling governments are--whose largese provides its citizens all of the "goodies" they want, like "free" healthcare, pensions, and even paid holidays. "Wouldn't that be great! After all, it's the government's money anyway, isn't it?", they would observe.
Yes, the United States could look more and more like Britain, or perhaps France, Germany, and Spain. Or even like Ireland and Portugal. Then, too, how about Italy and Greece? Why not just "go for the gold" and become the #1 tax-guzzling government on the face of the Earth? That worked real good for Mao's China and Stalin's Russia, didn't it?
Freedom always declines as the power of government increases. Fueling the increase in power is the revenue generated by increased taxation which then morphs into confiscation.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Tax Foundation report, click on the following link:
"A Comparison of the Tax Burden on Labor in the OECD."