By Sarah Gilbert
May 19, 2009 "DailyFinance" - If this were the 1950s, I'd be about to be put on every blackball list in town. Because I'm cuckoo for those Socialist cocoa puffs after reading this piece on Norway's success with the "cradle-to-grave welfare state." (And recent news headlines have NORWAY as the only country unaffected by the DEPRESSION! which is raging across Europe)Bring on the 12-month paid maternity leaves, the all-access-pass to nationalized health care. Because while
These statistics have me turning red with socialist envy.
Banks make up just two percent
of the economy; drug addicts are given government-funded fixes (with clean
needles); tight oversight means no excessive lending practices. Having recorded comfortable amounts of
income from the North Sea oil, Norway saved the money in its sovereign wealth fund; the one that was buying
U.S. stock as the markets crashed last fall. The U.K. spent its oil money during the market's upswing. But are
our governments feeling guilty? Nope. They should be, says Norway expert Anders Aslund, "in Norway,
there is instead a sense of virtue. If you are given a lot, you have a responsibility."
Hmm... "of whom much is given,
of him much will be required," anyone? I guess socialism and good
old-school Christianity aren't that different, after all. An economy upon whose money God's name is printed
would do well to emulate the Christ-like morals of an economy where, on the 10-kroner coin, is the phrase
Alt for Norge, meaning Everything for Norway.
It's ironic, isn't it? That
a country whose public policy loves its sinners, cares for its indigent,
and does not
confuse religion and patriotism should end up profiting while a country like ours crashes and burns? The
Norwegians are laughing. And don't make me write, "all the way to the bank."
Instead, let's take the (obviously
untrue) pious statement off our money, put a noose on our banks, socialize
our health care system and take care of our working poor. Those who still believe socialism is evil? Please,
feel free to blackball me. I'd be happy never to work in this town again if it would mean the U.S. would finally
wake up and smell the integrity it hasn't had for a century or more.
Give us socialism, or else, you know.
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