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?