Specifically, Sanders wants the United States to adopt a lot of the spending policies that many of the Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden) are commonly known to have. Policies such as government sponsored college education, paid parental leave, and universal healthcare. Many of these new government programs would be expensive and necessitate higher taxes. It is instructive to look at how Scandinavian countries structure their tax systems in order to raise revenue for these programs. Interestingly, some of the ways that Scandinavian countries raise revenue may make Sanders, who is a proponent of highly progressive taxation, uncomfortable.


After a brief skimming, I'm not sure what the article is trying to say.

But rest assured that Scandinavian countries have not found a way to defy the laws of economics and mathematics. There are negative consequences to using ever increasing amounts of other people's money.

posted by nothingleftinside: 1319 days ago