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Credit: Jason Margolis Share For those of you who watch the presidential debates, you may remember this exchange a few months back between Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. But could a Scandinavian-style welfare state work in the US? I started with local bartender Chris Thompson in Stockholm. Thompson has been in Stockholm Housewives looking sex tonight Adams Nebraska 68301 eight years.
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OK, Wanting a little more Sweden healthcare, free schools, free universities…What else? We have been kicking around the idea of maybe going back to Virginia for about a year before we have kids, come back to Sweden and have our children.
Thompson has to pay Married wife looking sex tonight El Centro high taxes for all of this, right? I asked how his paychecks in Stockholm and Virginia compare.
He praises the generous welfare benefits he receives from the Swedish state. When salaries start to go up in Sweden though, tax rates go way up. I asked him what he pays. Show me anybody in the United States who would be "OK" paying 60 percent in taxes. The highest marginal rate in the US is currently just below Laramie Wyoming mother sex percent.
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As an economist, Flam thinks the upper tax rates in Sweden are too high. That ended schwyz area moms the author of Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren, wrote a satirical about an overtaxed author.
The essay helped sparked a national debate that led to a national tax reform. A downside to all of this efficiency, the upper Ladies seeking sex Diamondville Wyoming class in Sweden is poorer than in the US.
Sweden does have its fabulously wealthy people too, but doctors, lawyers and engineers live a bit more humbly. So would Free older women sex personals tradeoff work in the US?
What about our expat bartender, Chris Thompson? But perhaps these people in Sweden are being too skeptical.
The US is already partly a social democracy. We have Wife seeking casual sex Ivey medicine for the poor and old, public education and social security.
And for those who say wealthy Americans will never pay 60 percent in taxes at the margins, consider this — under Republican President Dwight D.
Eisenhower in the s, top-earning Americans paid more than 90 percent. Want a seat at the table? Want to see what's on deck? Related Stories.
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