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Sweden: The Sensible (and Slowly Shrinking) Welfare State

Gene222 Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 1:37 PM
Governing Sweden (pop. 10 million) or say a state like Michigan or Georgia - must compare to governing a country of 300 million about like the comparison between driving a bicycle and driving an aircraft carrier. Or maybe a little green grape vs. a big Texas watermelon. Huh?
Blair31 Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 1:45 PM
It can be done. Scott Walker, Mitch Daniels, and John Kasich, have proven that you can take on the government unions like AFSCME, the SEIU, the NEA, and the AFT, and survive. Rudyard Kipling said it:
"If you can keep your head, while all around you others are losing theirs, then you will be a man, my son."
Trude3 Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 2:20 PM
Dear Blair,
"If you can keep you head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
but make allowance for their doubting too"....

Then there are 27 lines more before the last one which ends with

"And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son !"

Don't shorten Kipling; all those lines are worth pondering on, but thanks for
reminding me of my favorite poem.

Sweden must be a schizophrenic country. Something strange is happening, after all, if a statist like Jeffrey Sachs and a rabid libertarian like yours truly both cited it as a role model in our remarks last month at the United Nations.

So who’s right? Well, it depends what you care about.

  • Jeffrey and other folks on the left are correct in that Sweden has a big government financed by high tax rates. According to OECD data, only France and Denmark have a bigger
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