Britain also has the NHS and a (rough and ready) welfare state. Which makes us very much richer than the Yanks. The poor sods have to go grovelling to local churches for food handouts (sometimes being made to sing a hymn before the tweedy ladies will had the stuff over) when a big local employer goes bust, or transfers his factory to China and the measly unemployment stamps run out.
Yankville: 27% of GDP tax-take
Britain: 40% of GDP tax-take
Yankville: limited tax-take (spent on arms)
Britain: European level tax-take (spent on NHS/welfare)
In spite of which Britain is still richer. One in the eye for the tax-cutters eh?
So I earn more than the average septic crack whore, big deal. £235 a year more whoopee! Take into account how much more it costs to live in the UK and how much of that is tax! Look at fuel, housing or, the price of a new car, or the low level of income tax in the states.