High Taxes in EUROPE provide JOY, BLISS, HEALTH
Yes, our family has had the house for four hundred years, why do you ask?
Because we are glad to see a family keeping its ancestral HOME.
INCOME TAXES which fall on the working age couples, are fair and can
supply a nation with ENTITLEMENTS for the AGED AND INFIRM. PROPERTY
TAXES on lower or middle class seniors are unfair. State is taxing their
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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
reports that people in Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands
are the most content with their lives. The three ranked first,
second and third, respectively, in the OECD's rankings of
"life satisfaction," or happiness. There are myriad reasons,
of course, for happiness: health, welfare, prosperity,
leisure time, strong family, social connections and so on.
But there is another common denominator among this group
of happy people: taxes. Northern Europeans pay some of the highest
taxes in the world. Danes pay about two-thirds of their income in taxes.
Why be so happy about that? It all comes down to what you get in return.
The Encyclopedia of the Nations notes that Denmark was one of the first
countries in the world to establish efficient social services with the
introduction of relief for the sick, unemployed and aged.
Denmark's social welfare programs include health insurance, health and
hospital services, insurance for occupational injuries, unemployment
insurance and employment exchange services. There's also old age and
disability pensions, rehabilitation and nursing homes, family welfare
subsidies, general public welfare and payments for military accidents.
Moreover, maternity benefits are payable up to 52 weeks.
Simply, you pay for what you get. Taxes in the U.S. have taken on a
pejorative association because, well, we are never really quite sure of
what we get in return for paying them, other than the world's biggest
Healthcare and other such social services aren't built into our system.
That means we have to worry more about paying for things ourselves.
Worrying doesn't equate to happiness.
The U.S. ranked 11th on the OECD list. In addition to the top three, we
were beat out by Sweden, Belgium, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Switzerland and Norway. To be sure, we were ahead of France, Great Britain,
Japan and China, among many others. But we can do better.
With the highest gross domestic product in the world, we are the richest
country. On a per capita basis, though, we don't even make the top 10. The
U.S. ranks 15th in this category, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Denmark -- maybe because they are happy -- ranked fifth. Other, more
"satisfied" countries also earn more on an individual income basis. Oh yes,
and the average workweek in Scandinavian countries is less than the U.S.'s
We need to take better care of ourselves.
It may not just be taxes, of course, that lead to happiness. There are
other factors to consider. But better social services and less worry about
having to pay for things such as medical bills, retirement and education do
help with the happiness factor.
Yet, we are so dead set against paying more taxes that it's even spawning
nationwide protests. Tea party, anyone?
Maybe it's time that we looked at taxes differently. We have to pay them
anyway. So they might as well make us happy. If Northern Europe is any
benchmark, the more we'd pay the happier we just may be.
Thomas M. Kostigen is the author of "You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Ink
Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet"
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