I was in England for a week and I come back with some thoughts:
The British conservative party is in charge and Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed massive cuts with a plan to get the UK out of deficit spending in four years. Among the things I remember are cutting of government employees by 500,000 jobs. This includes cutting back on policemen. I found that VERY interesting as crime is a problem that they can't solve just with a massive and intrusive array of police cameras. Critics aresaying children and the social net are taking most of the hits but from what I could see, I don't think that's accurate.
The conservative party in England is doing what the Tea Party affilitated/backed/aligned politicians claim they want to do. If it works in the UK, I think it bodes well for the U.S.
The value added tax (VAT) rate is about 16%, which is VERY high AND there are still income taxes on earnings. At the start of the year, the VAT is being raised to 20%. To me, that's oppressive. and it is a STRONG signal as to why I'm against the VAT. Twenty percent and they STILL have an income tax?