It seems like comparing countries, especially when it's against the US, always comes down to taxes. Why no health care? Taxes. Why is military big/small? Taxes. Public education? Taxes! This thread is really simple. State where you live and how much of your paycheck, as a percent, is jacked. Include all deducations. If your income is $3000 and you only took home $2337, count the entire $663 as taxes. I live in Edmonton, Canada and I pay 22.1% tax.