German income taxes now lower than American taxes...
The marginal rate is 50.5% in Germany.
The marginal rate in New York and California is in the mid 50% range...
You get almost no useful services from the US government for your taxes either.
Germany is now running a surplus, too, which means its tax rate is sustainable.
The US is running trillion dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see. At some point taxes will have to be raised to balance the US budget. At that point the US income tax rate would probably be around 70%. There are places you could hide for a while in the US and pay a few percentage points less in taxes, but it will not last with the US budget left unbalanced...
Not true. US total with CA would be 49.9%
Plus you forgot all these extra differences:
VAT: Germany 19% (actually produces more revenue than income tax)
Fuel tax: Germany $3.23/gal plus VAT, US (avg) 49 cents/gal
Soc Sec rate: Germany 19.9%, US 12.4%
US Defense spending (16x higher than Germany's).
State Services: Google your state's budget and see, but it's usually:
Education, Health & hospitals, Police & jails, transportation
You are correct we need to cut spending though. Shall we start with Defense?