Bernie touts the wonders of Socialist Denmark at his political rallies. His followers embrace his generated image of the country without looking at the facts. Denmark has its freebies and welfare programs but they going broke fast. How do I know? I know a native born Dane who will give you the facts that Bernie and the media ignore.
Here are examples: They have some of the highest taxes in the world. For example, there is a 25% sales tax. Can you image buying the family groceries with a tax this high?
The government takes over half of a person’s paycheck in order to redistribute it to the people who don’t work. The problem is that the number of workers supporting the system is shrinking. So the government passes new laws calling for higher taxes. Among those who are on welfare are Muslim immigrants who refuse to work. Why should they? They can have all of the benefits without paying into the system.
My Danish friend told me that the government publicly tells a rosy story that everybody is happy; however, if you talk to the Danes on the street they claim the government is sucking them dry. He said American would never like living in a Danish home because the average number of rooms is 3 per dwelling. Furthermore, the rooms are small.
Most Danes use bikes rather than cars for transportation. In addition, the birth rate is going down because married couples opt to have just one child. The choice is influenced by how expensive it is to live there. The declining Danish population means less people to support their Socialist government and its programs.
Yes Denmark has free healthcare and free college. It sounds rosy but there is a caveat. The nation is suffering a shortage of university trained engineers and degrees in the sciences. Many high paying jobs are vacant because people don’t want them. Instead, citizens are taking majors that are “fulfillment” according to a recent survey. To some it may sound good but it means a loss of business to outsiders who have the technical skills. The “fulfilled” students are taking lower paying jobs. Students rationalize their choice by saying why spend years studying for a high paying career when the government will take as much as 56% of you salary. It is not worth it.
My Danish friend who now lives in the US said he moved here because his salary as a technical expert was eaten up by the government’s funding of the welfare state. He went on to say that it is a myth that the government will provide free medical help until death. He said his mother was DENIED medical prescriptions by doctors because they said she was too old and would eventually die. He traveled back to Denmark years ago and fought with the doctors because his mother was NOT even close to death. Eventually he persuaded the doctors to issue the prescriptions his mother needed but he pays for the medicine and not the government.
He admitted their medical facilities are far from the best. According to him, American hospitals have equipment the Danish hospitals dream about but cannot afford.
The Danish economy is weakening just like Sweden’s. The nation is being swamped by Muslim immigrants who are takers. Along with the migration came a massive crime wave. Again the government tries to provide a rosy picture; however, my friend said when he talks with his fellow countrymen, they tell him that they are hiding the truth. The Danes never had a high crime rate until recently. It came with the influx of immigrants. Robbery is the top crime in Denmark now.
Bernie Sanders and his followers are ignorant of the facts or just want to ignore the facts. Danes want to move out of the nation but can’t afford to do so according to my Danish friend. He and many of his friends expect Denmark to be a Muslim nation in ten years if things don’t change.
People also use England’s socialized medicine as an example we need to follow. The new media didn’t report that the head of England’s medical system reported a few years ago they are running out of money. Yes you can get free medical attention at a clinic for common ailments. But their hospitals like Denmark’s don’t compare to American hospitals.
Another friend ‘s granddaughter was studying in the United Kingdom until she came down with a major illness that required hospitalization. After being admitted to the hospital, she called home and asked her family to get her out of the country and home to the United States for medical treatment. She told her grandfather that the British hospital was like taking a step back to the 1940’s. Like Denmark, they didn’t have the high tech medical devices that are standard in American hospitals. They are years behind ours.
She was brought back to the US and quickly recovered. If you ask her about the socialized medicine of England, she will give you an ear full of her bad experience in the English hospital.
If the socialist system medicine is so good, why do people with major medical problems come to the US?