Sure, the taxes here are higher than in Somalia and in Papua New Guinea. But are they the best yardsticks against which to judge?
As a percentage of GDP, U.S. taxes are lower than almost every other developed nation in the world. Only Chile and Mexico are lower.
From Think Progress:
The premise of the argument from Republicans is that Americans already face an extraordinarily heavy tax burden. Citizens for Tax Justice, however, compared levels of taxation in 2010 in the other industrialized countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and found that the U.S. not only collects far less in tax revenues than the average OECD country, but that it also collects less in taxes as a share of its economy than all but two other OECD nations, as the chart at right shows.
When are the RWers buying their plane tickets for Juarez and Santiago?