@Silver260, if we take Denmark for instance, the common rhetoric is that they have the best roads, best schools, best health system - well that's what the Danes believe. According to some sources you're better off getting cancer say in the USA than Denmark because you'll have a better chance of surviving. In Denmark it may be easier to see a doctor, but you'll wait an eternity to be treated. Apparently this is improving however whilst at the same time personal tax rates have declined. I guess the message there is that it's not the level of personal income tax that determines the quality of life, but how effectively governments are able to implement policy.