32 minutes ago, Maddus Mattus wrote
@evildictaitor: I'm quite happy to keep my income and pay for the stuff that I use.
I don't mind paying 45% taxes in the UK, even though there are loads of countries with lower taxes (like the US). The reason? Because in the UK we have lower gun crime (thanks to our police), higher security (thanks to our home office), punch well above our weight in all business and foreign discussions (thanks to our foreign office). We have health care that's free at the point of use; it's also better than the US, and they have a tendancy to prescribe what works rather than what's expensive.
We have a second-to-none education system that regularly beats the pants off everyone else at key metrics like innovation - many of our government departments are waaay more effective than their US counterparts despite a tiny fraction of the money spent on them, and our roads, whilst not quite paved with gold, do the job admirably.
Even our TV is better because it's not filled with wall-to-wall adverts for pills that the vast majority of people watching aren't qualified to properly assess for safety or effectiveness.
The reason I don't mind paying 45% taxes is because living in the UK for 45% of my income is a great deal! I would certainly be on less than 55% of my current income if I had started life in Nigeria or Somalia - that's for damn sure. And every country I've been to in the world with lower taxes, just has different things you have to pay for.
My US colleagues are not better off with lower taxes, because they get less efficient services (like heathcare) and they cost more to boot. They also have to pay state taxes and road tolls and health insurance which takes their monthly outgoings much higher than the headline "federal tax" rate.
And my Saudi colleagues are not better off with lower taxes. They have to travel much more, and pay extortionate amounts to ensure personal protection of them and their families. They might not be paying for police, but they're sure as hell paying for protection.
45% taxes isn't a big deal to me. It's just the cost of entry to the club of awesome that is the UK.
If you don't like the cost of the ticket, Maddus, don't go to the gig. If you want to pay for stuff yourself, you're always free to leave and find a country that is closer to your right wing fantasy of perfect individualism. The Netherlands isn't going to change into a right-wing land of rainbows and Reagans in your lifetime. So learn to live with it, or learn to live somewhere else.