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Sweden: The Sensible (and Slowly Shrinking) Welfare State

Ron P Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 8:25 AM
Born in the USA where I lived for 65 years, then moved to Stockholm for family reasons 10 years ago. The weather: same latitude as the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, 100 miles south of Anchorage: 59 degrees. The winters are not especially cold, compared with the North Dakota and nearby states, but they are long. Sweden is not a socilaist state--it is a nanny state, and the Swedes like it this way. They voted for it and finance it through their taxes. The current ruling coalition is dominated by the more conservative of the eight political parties. It would look like a moderate Democrat party in the USA. The Swedes have a good grip on finances and do smart things in this realm. More to say, but there seems to be a word limit here...
hunkahunka Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 1:48 PM
I know, some blog, uh? Character limits. Who'd a thunk it? Post repetitiously, if we're interested, we will track it down and read all of your posts.

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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