Socialist Bernie Sanders said, during the Tuesday Demorat debate:
You see every other major country saying to moms that when you have a baby, we’re not going to separate you from your newborn baby because we are going to have — we are going to have medical and family paid leave like every other country on earth. Those are some of the principles that I believe in, and I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.
What would that mean for the United States? How well does Socialism work? Let’s check with someone who lives in Denmark.
A man named Lief, from Denmark, wrote an email to Tom Sullivan, who hosts a syndicated radio show from New York, and used to be on my local AM radio station KFBK in Sacramento — where I happened to work in the 70s.
I’m a naturalized US citizen from Denmark. Our socialism is not what everyone over here thinks it is. They tax everything that stands still or starts to move. When we visited in 2000 my wife and daughters went shopping and were pleased that there was no sales tax. My aunt tapped me on the shoulder and said it’s included in the price. 22%. Today it is 26%. When you buy a “new” car in Denmark the tax is 100% of the sales price, I kid you not. My cousin called me one Xmas 4 years ago, he had just bought a new S class. Price out the door, $226,000. His wife visited here for vacation this past July. She said my uncle just bought a new Chevy Cruz, $89,000 out the door. She said their income tax in 56.6%. add the social security/pension tax 8% = 64.6%. and that’s the minimum. The past prime minister hired a new minister of agriculture, (my cousin is a large farmer), she said with all the new regulation 1,400 farmers have gon branrupt and closed their business in the past 4 years. AZnd that is in a small county of only 5.8 mil people. Smaller than the Bay Area. Their healthcare is atrocious. My aunt needed a hip replacement. From the day the doctor signed the “papers” she waited 22 months for her new hip. My cousin that bought the “S” class had gone to the Dr. 5 times in 18 mos. complaining of stomach trouble. Finally he convinced the Dr. to order an endoscopy. He waited 6 mos, they found stomach cancer and they took out his entire stomach. He needed follow up chemo treatment. They live on the mainland and the only place in Denmark that treats stomach cancer is Copenhagen. He flew there 3 times a week for 4 months. He died of starvation 2 years ago. He always told me, nothing in this life is free, let alone socialism…..how true
He later added …
By the way,
I forgot to mention in 2000 when my cousin and I stopped for gasoline. I was having a hard time converting Kroner to Dollars and liters to gallons and asked him how much was a gallon of gas. He said $11.85…..Also, my younger cousin last month took their newborn to the hospital after 5:00 on a Friday. They told him the baby needed a blood test but the lab was closed after 5pm and doesn’t open up till 8 am Monday….OMG. My cousin that visited this last July said the baby is fine now but yes. You had better not get sick from 5pm Friday till Monday morning….Socialism at its best…
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As I’ve said before because it happens to be true: everyone thinks they can “do” Socialism better than the last guy. Sanders, Obama, the Demorats, Progressives, the SEIU, Leftists, all think they can “do” Socialism in America. And yes, better than anyone else.
As it is, the US runs out of cash in 19 days, on November 3rd. The proverbial “debt ceiling.” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said that this ceiling will hit two days before it was anticipated.
Where, just where, is all of this cash going to come from?