Danish Elections: More Socialism or Less?

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-as-cracks-show-in-nordic-model-idUSKCN1SZ0IC

Interesting article from Reuters about their upcoming election.

Like other countries, they're struggling with Baby Boomers aging out of the workforce & how they'll pay for things.

Tidbits of interest to me:

Average tax rate is 36% per person

Denmark spends 28% of GDP on welfare, trailing only France, Belgium & Finland among European countries

Due to cuts in healthcare, 1/4 of state hospitals have closed in the last decade

Other cuts have resulted in 10% of state schools closing

They're pushing their retirement age to 73 in coming decades

Their employment rate is at 97%

Purchasing private health insurance has risen from 4% in '03, to 33%


An example they cited from the cuts was a woman whose mother is 92 years old & homebound. As a result of the cuts, her mother's provided housecleaning was cut nearly in half, to 10 times a year. The woman's response was basically "I'll help out & pick up her place a little, but if we do the cleaning, they've achieved their goals with these cuts." So, she's good with mom's place being a little dirtier, in order to prove a point.
 

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The thing with the Danish is that they are a very small population with a few shipping billionaires who were able to fund much of their socialism...for a time. This all gets messed up when you open the boarders (not saying the Danes are doing this) and let everyone in, it increases the burden on the decreasing producers...it is also totally unsustainable without wealth creation in the general population even with a small population. Especially when you dis-suede the populace by your good intentioned welfare from being capitalist... you simply run out of funders. It's just a failed system long term (socialism) and the more a country relies on it the more it fails and the less wealth creation you have. At some point you create a starvation in the system and the country becomes Venezuela. The fact that we have so many Americans that want to turn to a system that would bankrupt us over time is scary and points to a problem in our educational system.
 
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The thing with the Danish is that they are a very small population with a few shipping billionaires who were able to fund much of their socialism...for a time. This all gets messed up when you open the boarders (not saying the Danes are doing this) and let everyone in, it increases the burden on the decreasing producers...it is also totally unsustainable without wealth creation in the general population even with a small population. Especially when you dis-suede the populace by your good intentioned welfare from being capitalist... you simply run out of funders. It's just a failed system long term (socialism) and the more a country relies on it the more it fails and the less wealth creation you have. At some point you create a starvation in the system and the country becomes Venezuela. The fact that we have so many Americans that want to turn to a system that would bankrupt us over time is scary and points to a problem in our educational system.
Correct, with a little over 5.7 million people, it's basically equivalent to the state of Wisconsin.
 

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The thing with the Danish is that they are a very small population with a few shipping billionaires who were able to fund much of their socialism...for a time. This all gets messed up when you open the boarders (not saying the Danes are doing this) and let everyone in, it increases the burden on the decreasing producers...it is also totally unsustainable without wealth creation in the general population even with a small population. Especially when you dis-suede the populace by your good intentioned welfare from being capitalist... you simply run out of funders. It's just a failed system long term (socialism) and the more a country relies on it the more it fails and the less wealth creation you have. At some point you create a starvation in the system and the country becomes Venezuela. The fact that we have so many Americans that want to turn to a system that would bankrupt us over time is scary and points to a problem in our educational system.
It also helps to have a sugar daddy supplying defense.
 

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I remember this one time this fellow in DC said if we liked our health insurance plan, we could keep it. And then just like that, my health insurance plan was gone. Fortunately, my doctor still sees me.
If ObamaCare is so damned bad and goes against the country, then why the hell hasn't President Trump and Congress totally abolished it by now and gone back to the way things were?
 
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If ObamaCare is so damned bad and goes against the country, then why the hell hasn't President Trump and Congress totally abolished it by now and gone back to the way things were?
They can talk about Trump being a vengeful and thin skinned SOB, but McCain put personal dislike above the best interest of the country and did it just because Trump wanted something. Just like your boy barry that can't get free tickets to a ballgame in the U.S., but has to go to Canada.
 

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If ObamaCare is so damned bad and goes against the country, then why the hell hasn't President Trump and Congress totally abolished it by now and gone back to the way things were?
If it's so good, then why the hell are the Democrats pushing single payer?

The GOP never once made a good faith effort to repeal this travesty. But just because the Reps suck does not mean the law does not also suck.....your logic, as usual, is flawed.