I think you'll find they have had their share too but I am totally in agreement with you.
Exactly right Martin.
"Land of the free" my arse they have ways of taxing you in the USA the UK Gov't can only dream of!
I pay Village Tax, County Tax, State Tax, Federal Tax, Sales Tax, Car Tax, Property Tax.
I have to pay $60 per year to the Village to park up to 6 vehicles at my own house, they also charge $75 per month sewerage as they sold the s
t collection service to a private company. Where I current live it's run by the village and is very cheap, not so where we are moving. Also the village want me to pay them a $175 "security deposit" ( all utilities / services seem to charge this to new immigrants) just about $5k due back from various institutions in the next couple of months
Property Tax is the absolute killer here in Illinois. For example we just bought a tiny house for $90k and we paid $4,345 property tax on it this year, so at that rate you pay for your house again every 20 years in tax! You also pay sales tax (6.75% in Illinois) on ALL car purchases, so you buy a secondhand car you pay tax on it, despite the original owner having paid tax on it.
Also the "freeway" here is not "free" it's a tollway, parking in Chicago if you want to take your car is approx $20 per hour in off streat parking.
The property tax is such a killer because it pays for schooling (great I don't have any kids). For example I am paying $1300 for one school and $1500 for another.
Would I return back to the UK vs US?
Nope. Love living here, despite the taxes.
Weather is fantastic compared with the UK, you can park places, open your door and get out of your vehicle without hitting the car next to you. So much more to do for a petrolhead, there are cruise events pretty much every day of the week during the summer and the weekends have massive choice of events.
Will I be coming back soon? Hopefully not