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An article.

Here’s a mildly interesting read on social welfare, and how it works.

little john
February 10th, 2009 at 7:15 am

yes, that was mildly interesting. i wish i could say that australia is one of the high – income, low – poverty countries but i cant; although were probably ahead of a lot of other countries like the USA, UK and canada. maybe we should emulate the supposedly wonderful nordic governance and try higher taxes with better welfare services. france also sounds like a pretty awesome place to live; sure the taxes essentially rape you but the social services sound amazing

February 10th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Well, we may have a somewhat buggy system here in sweden, but it does indeed seem to work.
A job beats welfare anytime though.

February 10th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I can’t believe this is what passes for science these days.

February 10th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Although they put the UK in the low-tax bracket, we still have a national health service (ie when I went into have my appendix out a few weeks ago, I didn’t have to pay a penny, or for any of the follow ups at the doctors, or the drugs), and our unemployment benignity are ok (I think, I’ve always had a job)…

February 10th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

They forgot to mention that the Nordic countries have tiny populations (even compared to Canada) and huge oil revenues (Norway is the third largest oil producer in the world). Qatar is the richest country in the world you know.

February 11th, 2009 at 10:06 am

JQ, Too bad Norway wont share their wealth with us then.. I mean, americans complain about how much the gas costs over there… It’s twice as much over here..


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