While it's easy to see taxes and the bureaucracy as an overwhelming burden, the tax revenues in our country are actually less than most other industrialized nations.
Look at the charts below. It compares the United States with the Economic Union (EU) countries in Europe.
- Why would government spending be higher in the EU?
- Why would the United States need to tax the citizens less than in Europe?
- Why is the tax debt so high in the EU?
Average Tax Rate and Marginal Effective Tax Rate on Employment Income, 2004
from International Tax Burdens: Single Individuals With or Without Children