EarthWindandFire wrote:I have to disagree here, my job involves working with many Europeans and when "we" complain about taxes they just laugh. Most of these people come here to escape the absolute oppressive tax system used by their respective Governments to raise capital. Another client of mine from Brazil tells me about the cost of imported products into his country, usually four times the actual cost of the item goes to tax. So, enjoy 4 dollar per gallon gas, thats not as bad as it may seem. Buying a used car is smart, and will save more money in the long run. Do the math, whether a car gets 100 miles per gallon, is irrelevent if you paid too much for it. The cost of ownership lies mostly in principal and interest of the purchase price, not the savings from fuel usage.
Comparing other nations' stupidity and oppression is no way to justify our own.