In the original version of this post, I misread Megan McArdle -- I thought she was claiming that wealthy Italians pay a higher income tax rate than Americans. On closer read, I don't think she was -- she was saying that Americans actually pay (i.e., comply with law) at a higher rate. So my apologies. But anyway, the chart is still kind of interesting -- and puts the surtax debate in context. Plus, the post has probably been up too long to pull. Blogger ethics and all that. So here's the original post:
I know, it's common to claim that Americans are tax haters. But actually, Americans, even the wealthy, pay their taxes at a rate that would shock an Italian. We grumble, but in the end, we pay.
Economist (chart of top income tax rates internationally):
This chart is also worth keeping in mind during the debate over the eminently reasonably health care surtax proposal.