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Why Do Swedes in America Earn Far More than Swedes in Sweden?

oujon Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 4:00 AM
Jerome is right. We shouldn't use actual numbers or any sort of hard data to make policy decisions. We should just use anecdotes, soaring rhetoric, and tearjerking speeches to make decisions. Surely those can't be as "misleading" as numbers.
Jerome41 Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 10:41 AM
Gee, what a stupid response. I am stating that the numbers are weighted in per capita numbers. It is better to use median income numbers. Too bad you know so little about economics.

In my travels through Europe, I often wind up debating whether policy is better in the United States or Europe. I generally try to explain that this is the wrong comparison, both because Europe is not a monolithic bloc and also because most individual nations have both good policies and bad policies.

But sometimes you have to use blunt comparisons, which is why this data on living standards is powerful evidence that Europe is paying a high price for excessive government.

When I cite such data, proponents of statism often respond by arguing that I’m being unfair by lumping together...

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