I don't know if I would go so far as say, "they are in the same neighborhood". However, they are still Americans - which is a very good thing. But, they are far too removed from the lives of the ordinary person to be considered neighborly.
You have to remember that the primary reason our nation's founders went to war was due to increasing monarchy taxation. Our founders felt that the tax burden was stifling colonial-mans ability to make a better life for themselves and their families. Their thinking was - why should they bust their backs to make the monarchy wealthier? The original taxation guidelines that our founders initiated for our nation states:
"No captivation or other direct tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken". (Meaning that they cannot tax citizens without a citizen census being taken first.)
This law held for 201 years until our modern politicians felt they knew better than our founders did. Coincidently, it is roughly around this timeframe that government spending sharply increased along with our nation's debt. In 1977, our modern day politicians instituted the following amendment.
1977 Amendment XVI "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration". (Meaning that they could care less what the citizens think if they want to tax us, they can and there is not a darn thing we can do about it.)
Unbelievably, we are at the same crossroad today that our founders faced in our nations beginning. On average, 43% of our income earnings go into government coffers today. The average person is barely staying even - let alone even thinking of moving to a better position in life. Our founders knew that excessive taxation was stifling a person's ability to achieve their dreams, and this fact was very bad for the dream they had for our nation. It is up to us citizens, united under one voice, to bring this faded dream back into focus.