Contrary to popular belief, Americans are among the least-taxed citizens in the wealthy world. At the centre of the debt ceiling crisis lies the American antipathy toward taxation. Born free, taxed to death - I think not. Denmark has the highest tax in the developed world at 48.2% of GDP. Canada (or the Socialist Republic of Canuckistan) sits at 31.1%. The US sits at 24% tucked away between Turkey and Chile. Mexico bottoms the list at 17.5%.