Here’s 5 Facts For Your Liberal Friend Who Praises Denmark’s Socialist Utopia
Posted on January 30, 2016 by Christy Lee Parker
Today’s younger generations seem to eat it up and immediately demand we “be like Denmark” with free healthcare, free college, a $25 per hour wage, and a 35 hour work week. Then, we can join Denmark as one of the happiest countries in the world, but there’s just a few problems with that.
1. The Personal Income Tax Rate ranges from 55% to 65% in Denmark.
Yes, you read that right. According to Trading Economics, the Personal Income Tax Rate in Denmark is currently 55.60 percent, while it “averaged 61.40 percent from 1995 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 65.90 percent in 1997 and a record low of 55.40 percent in 2010.”
So, that wonderful wage of $25 just went to $8.75 to $11.25.
2. The Sales Tax is 25%.
Denmark’s sales tax is 25%. In the United States, sales tax varies by state, with 5 states having no sales tax at all, while California has the highest sales tax rate of 7.5%.
That $25 wage that looked so good until it was cut in more than half with the income tax, just got you even less. But Denmark isn’t done there.
3. Things cost more in Denmark.
Consumer Prices in Denmark are 15.88% higher than in United States, while consumer prices including rent are 4.78% higher. But the real hurt on you wallet is in restaurant prices, which are 43.93% higher than the United States. Don’t think you’ll save money eating at home either, because grocery prices are also higher. To top it off, clothing prices are four times that of the price in the U.S.
If you are in the market for a new car, you are in for quite the shocker since Denmark has a 180% car tax, meaning that $20,000 sedan will cost you $50,000 right off the bat. I hope you like riding bicycles.
4. Although their wage is higher, Danes don’t have more disposable income.
Average monthly disposable salary for Danes is about the same as the United States. Once you factor in the increased cost for goods, necessities, and entertainment, the average American is more “well off” than the average Dane.
5. Danes are “happy” because they are medicated, but their suicide rate shows they aren’t more happy than Americans at all.
While Iceland has the highest level of consumption of antidepressants, it is followed by Portugal and, yep, you guessed it, Denmark. As a matter of fact, it’s been found that the “happiest” countries take the most antidepressants. Hey, but at least their “happy pills” are given to them free from their government… and that wouldn’t be to keep them complacent or anything, would it?
Unfortunately, even with all the medications and reports of “happiness,” the suicide rate in Denmark has been about twice that of the United States for the last five decades. So, these people who are so much happier than Americans are killing themselves twice as often. While “happy” can only be subjectively reported, statics are an objective measurement, and with this suicide rate, it doesn’t support they claim of being “happier.”
In Denmark, if you use pepper spray on an attacker to avoid being raped, you can be fined about $70. This recently happened to a teenage girl who thwarted her own rape. Her rapist got away and is a free man, meanwhile, she’s facing charges and fines for defending herself.
Still sound like the utopia you imagined?
Many Americans hear the word FREE , and all reasoning goes out the window.
Because the government has no money of its own, Denmark's
free healthcare, free college, etc is anything but free. There is no such thing as a "socialist paradise"
We are hearing a lot of propaganda once again
frim the left before an election, and just like Obama- Hillary and Bernie will say anything to win.
Are we in better shape now than in 08?
They want you to think mimicking Denmark is the answer. Here's a news flash... we already have been headed down that road !
It's a large part of our problem.Overall Budget Trends
Over the past 20 years, federal spending grew 71 percent faster than inflation.
Entitlement spending more than doubled over the past 20 years, growing by 110 percent (after adjusting for inflation). Discretionary spending grew by 60 percent.
Deficits have pushed up the debt each year since 2002 as federal spending exceeded revenue. Fiscal year 2012 marked the fourth consecutive year of $1 trillion deficits.
Although debt held by the public surged from 33.6 percent of gross domestic product in 2002 to 73 percent in 2012, net interest costs have held below 2 percent of GDP because interest rates have fallen to all-time lows.
In 1962, defense spending was nearly half the total federal budget (49 percent); Social Security and other mandatory programs were less than one-third of the budget (31 percent). Two major entitlement programs, Medicaid and Medicare, were signed into law by President Johnson in 1965.
In 2012 entitlements were nearly 62 percent of total spending, while defense dropped to less than one-fifth (18.7 percent) of the budget.
A CBO study shows that the bottom three income quintiles representing 60% of US households are “net recipients” (they receive more in transfer payments than they pay in federal taxes), the second-highest income quintile pays just slightly more in federal taxes ($14,800) than it receives in government transfer payments ($14,100), while the top 20% of American “net payer” households finance 100% of the transfer payments to the bottom 60%, as well as almost 100% of the tax revenue collected to run the federal government.
A continued move toward Denmark's economic system will only continue the trend towards becoming a welfare state. That's what socialism is. Greater numbers of people dependant on the productivity of the few.
According to the 2012 Economic Freedom of the World report, America’s economic freedom has declined so greatly that it has plummeted to 18th place, even trailing behind Denmark.
Now more than ever, America’s capitalistic society is threatened by burdensome government and a bloated entitlement state.
"It’s our duty to spread knowledge unless we want to see what happens when low-information voters cast their ballets based on fiction rather than fact once again"
The author C.S. Lewis is renowned for his insight into the tyranny of good intentions, which he described this way:"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
We must all do our part to ensure a better economic future for our prosperity.
We must vote conservitive.
"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." - Mark Twain
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