Well I spent the day hearing about the follow video, so when I got home I had to view it:
After listening to it, and have been living in Denmark for the past 25yrs I felt I needed to write something about it so here it goes:
When I first got my business going (farrier) I soon got some clients who had lost their jobs and began to collect what we call “unemployment”, ok, but to my shock and amazement I learned at that time unemployment benefits continued up to four years!! I was shocked. I was also shocked when many of the people who were collecting told me, “Why should I go to work when I can stay at home and collect almost as much”? Last I heard the Danish government has cut this back as they could no longer afford 4years, it is at 2 years now(last I checked). I have seen so many people abuse the system and it is easy here to do. There are a lot of people working here, good honest people doing an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. There are many Danes who have values and uphold what they think is right, I have to add this so you don’t think there isn’t.
But shall we flip the coin.
Since I left, the United States has become a welfare country. More and more people are sticking their hand out to get all they can get from the government as they have learned they can get paid for doing nothing. When I was a kid, it was really a low blow to have to be on food stamps, receive welfare or such. But today it is growing to be the norm to be on some kind of government handout. There is no shame in it today. In fact just the opposite, so many feel the government owes them! When I was a kid there was a newly elected Democratic President who in one of his speeches he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country?” Today he would not even fit into the Democratic party.
So back to the video. Yes in Denmark we pay taxes, lots of taxes. Yea there are services for those taxes, but like another world leader (Margaret Thatcher) said, “ The trouble with socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money”. I see that now. It is the little things at first. Here a while back I noticed many of the road side rest stops have had the toilets, picnic tables and trash cans taken out, this is so they can save money by not providing the service. This tells me money is getting tight and local governments are trying to save money. Denmark has a cradle to grave care system. Suppose to take care of all your medical needs, needs in retirement and such paid for. You pay for these services in your taxes. Now much of the home care is being cut down. I have a customer who is a home care worker and every time I shoe her horse, I have to listen to an hour and a half of how services, which these elderly people have paid for, are now being cut or discontinued.
Yes education is free and like in the States everyone wants to go to the university, get a degree, which is for free. Like in the States many of the “trades” are suffering from not enough young people wanting to get their hands dirty, they want the office jobs. Like in the States many don’t understand the trades, welders, plumbers, electricians, mechanics and such are very good jobs, it’s just you got to work hard and get dirty.
Growing up in the States when the chimney needed cleaning out, you either did it or you hired someone to do it. You decided when your septic tank needed cleaned out, not here in Denmark. Firms are on contract with the local governments to do these for you, you no longer have to think about what you need to do, oh yea, this is part of your taxes. Everything is taxes as much as possible. We have our own water well, yet we pay a tax on the water, then we pay another tax on the waste water coming out of our septic tank. And get this – there is even a church tax here!! Once I found out about this I figured out the “separation of church and state”. I always enjoy how so many want to compare Denmark with the States – it can’t be done. At the end of FY 2018 the gross US federal government debt is estimated to be $21.48 trillion, according to the FY19 Federal Budget. Different reports puts the cost of single payer health care at between 1-3 trillion dollars a year, and this is just for health care. If the country is already so deep in debt, where is the money coming from? Guess we’ll just have to raise the taxes a bit more. Today so many want so much for free, they seem to forget that nothing in life is for free, it has to be paid for by someone somewhere. Oh by the way, this is Denmark’s national debt converted to dollars: $124,850873,000 (debt clock:
No system is perfect. I have lived under two different systems. There is good and bad with both. So before we take what is said in the video at the beginning of this post, we need to reexamine ourselves and maybe once again bring up that phrase a newly elected President so many years ago put forth.