At the risk of seeming New York-centric, I believe people here tend to be more culturally-diverse and more engaged in what goes on around them than people in most other places, so our conversations tend to be more interesting -- and often more unguarded.
The real problem isn't taxation. Our real problem is the new "bipartisan" drive toward austerity, a mad obsession which runs against the 75-year political consensus of both political parties. Once our leaders understood government's vital role in a healthy economy.
People everywhere hate taxes. What makes the United States distinctive, I think, is our insistence on collecting so much of our tax revenue in a distinctly unpleasant way. No stealthy value-added taxes for us! We're going to do it the hard way.