When we revealed our identity last week, by far the most common question we got was, “Why would you choose to retire in California, when it’s such a high-tax state?!”
It’s interesting to me that many of our other more-expensive-than-necessary choices draw less incredulity, like paying some of the highest grocery and gas bills in the country just so we can live in a ski town.
Prices in North Tahoe last week
But of course it’s because Americans are obsessed with taxes in ways other countries are not. That’s why the false belief persists that we are the most highly taxed country on Earth, when the reality is that we’re among the lowest taxed industrial nations.