October 11, 2011
News From Another Planet

Kerry Trueman at AlterNet explores the question of why those irritating Danes go around smiling all the time:

KT: Denmark is famous for having so much less income inequality; do kitchen workers in Danish restuarants make a decent salary?

TH: Yes, a dishwasher in Denmark gets $25 an hour.

KT: Do they get sick days and benefits, too?

TH: Yes, and a pension, and health care, and maternity leave. To me, the more equal your society is, the better it is for everybody. Itís not right for a country as rich as yours to have so many poor people. This thing with Americans and taxes, I donít understand it.

I make quite a lot of money, I pay 67% tax on much of it, and I donít mind. I like the idea that the girl whoís sitting next to my daughter, whose mother is a cleaning lady, has exactly the same opportunity to get an education that my daughter has. I donít think thatís socialism. To me, thatís human decency. That girl didnít choose her parents, why shouldnít she have the same opportunities?


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 11, 2011 12:35 PM
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Hear, hear!

Posting this comment to highlight the merit of the arrangement described. Good sense and demonstrated effectiveness, got to love it.

Posted by: John Anthony Curran on October 11, 2011 9:25 PM

Also, cleaner restaurants.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on October 11, 2011 11:30 PM

Having lived on a few of those planets where no one is afraid to get sick because they can't afford it and where anyone who wants an education can advance as high as they wish without knowing it will take the rest of their lives to pay off the loans, I am frequently ashamed of the fear and loathing I hear our citizens express over words like "socialism" as the very first step inevitably leading to "communism".....sorry, I guess it was just my limited costly American education that left me incapable of limiting my sentence structure. Anyway, I always think of the definition of socialism as that which benefits the people---all the people, that is.

Posted by: Mary Faye on October 13, 2011 2:46 PM
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