Everything is better in Venezuela, so the left told us a few years ago. We were told that the real American dream was taking place in South America and not North America. Of course, this is no longer discussed as the reality of “Hope and Change” has now gripped this land that embraced the socialism advocated by the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) for the United States.
We were told that the experimentation taking place in Finland was the hope for America when Finland said everybody should receive an income from the government. Finland learned that universal income made people happier than did unemployment checks but gave them no more incentive to be productive citizens. Finland has scrapped this program as a failure.
What about Sweden, Sweden is the epitome of “Hope and Change” we are told. In Sweden, all colleges and universities offer “free” tuition for students. Even with this “free” tuition, students in Sweden still graduate with a lot of debt. The average debt is $19,000 and was the tuition really free.
Sweden has free health care; however private health care does exist. The wait time to see a doctor under the “free system could certainly be a reason. What “Hope and Change” has done, just as the government run VA health care system in the United States, is to bring about longer and longer wait times to see doctors. More and more procedures are being refused.
Sweden is referred to as a Welfare State which indicates many things are free in Sweden with many government entitlement programs. But is anything free? Here is what the people of Sweden pay.
Sweden Taxes Last Previous Highest Lowest
Corporate Tax Rate 22.00 22.00 60.10 22.00
Personal Income Tax Rate 61.85 61.85 61.85 51.50
Sales Tax Rate 25.00 25.00 25.00 25.00
Social Security Rate 38.42 38.42 39.90 38.40
Social Security Rate For Companies 31.42 31.42 32.90 31.40
Social Security Rate For Employees 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00
An individual earning 10,000 SEK or just over $1000 US, would pay 13.85% income tax, 7% social security, and 31.42% social tax would be paid by the employer. An Individual earning 100,000 SEK or just over $10,000 the tax rate would be 43% , 7%, with the same 31.42% social tax. Nothing is free.
Sweden has had the open border policy that is advocated for the Untied States by the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats). This has increased crime rates and welfare rolls exponentially. In the recent European Union election, the conservative parties gained the most votes over previous elections. Crime and cost, always a part of a leftist movement, are taking their toll on “Hope and Change” in Sweden.
Nothing is free is proven in Sweden. The cost to Sweden has not only been huge in dollars but also with the increased crime, including rape and murder, the cost has been so great the Swedes are saying no their version of "Hope and Change."
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