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Monday, January 7, 2019

Sweden Not Socialist Even Though Ocasiso-Cortez Thinks So


  Ocasio-Cortez, our new child member of Congress, now claims she is not promoting Venezuelan, Socialism. Rather, she is advocating Sweden. And, as always, she is talking out of her hat.

A documentary on Stossel TV carries the real story by Swedish historian Johan Norberg and is excerpted below (emphases mine): "Sweden is not socialist—because the government doesn’t own the means of production. To see that, you have to go to Venezuela or Cuba or North Korea," says Norberg.


He continues: "We did have a period in the 1970s and 1980s when we had something that resembled socialism: economy was going south."

Per capita gross domestic product fell. Sweden’s growth fell behind other countries. Inflation increased. One writer of childrens’ books for example, found herself paying 102% tax. Yet even those high taxes did not bring in enough money to fund Sweden’s big welfare state.

"People couldn’t get the pension that they thought they depended on for the future," recounts Norberg. "At that point the Swedish population just said, ‘Enough, we can’t do this’.

So they cut public spending, privatized the national rail network, abolished certain government monopolies, eliminated inheritance taxes, and sold state-owned businesses

As a result, says Norberg, his "impoverished peasant nation developed into one of the world’s richest countries."

"Today our taxes pay for pensions—you (in the U.S.) call it Social Security—for 18-month paid parental leave, government-paid childcare for working families," says Norberg.

But Sweden’s government doesn’t run all those programs. "Having the government manage all of these things didn’t work well."

So they privatized.

"We realized in Sweden that with these government monopolies, we don’t get the innovation that we get when we have competition," says Norberg.

Sweden even switched to a school voucher system. That allows parents to pick their kids’ school and forced schools to compete for the voucher money."

The article concludes "Next time you hear Democratic Socialists talk about how socialist Sweden is, remind them that the big welfare state is funded by Swedes’ free-market practices, not their socialist onesSweden Not Socialist

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is 29 years old, smart, articulate, popular and inspiring. By the time she's old enough to run for President she will also be highly experienced.

Reader said...

Lib, you're hilarious! I love the laughs you give me, thank you!

Sarkazein said...

The good thing about AOC is that she is getting Democrats to admit... Yes, we are socialists. Democrats have denied that fact for decades. Boom there it is, Socialists. The form of government where you give up your individual rights to the governmental parent state.

Sarkazein said...

At one time Democrats were saying calling someone a "Socialist" was racist. Since AOC calls herself a socialist, that makes her a racist.

Wolf's Head said...

Perhaps the Finest Example of Socialism was in the old slave states.

Massa owns the means of production, land and slaves.

Slaves are housed, fed, cared for and for the most part are treated equally.

Bad years, Massa has to buy additional food to keep the slaves alive. Good years, he builds a nice mansion for himself and the missus, just like in every socialist country today.

Notice how Commie Cuba's favorite son, Tony Castro, grandson of Fidel, is flashing his wealth gotten from the hard working slave citizens of Cuba.

(I may have to patent the phrase 'Slave Citizen', it accurately describes the inhabitants of socialist regimes)

A O-C is just wanting the usual socialist elitism and starving masses.

SUCKERSSSSSSS!!!!!!

Johnny Rico said...

Be sure to compare her net worth today with what she's worth 10 years from now. She'll be an elitist millionaire like the rest of them. They can't seem to answer how they came by those millions, but they sure don't seem to want to share with the masses as they would have you and I do. Typical liberal socialist elitist.

Anonymous said...

How is all of this raw capitalism working for wage earning American Families? America is a government controlled by Oligarchs, for Oligarchs.

Sarkazein said...

Polititard 8:04 PM- Oh it's awful, caravans of "wage earning American families" are leaving the US and headed to Venezuela or any other socialist country on the way. Some are using their bass boats and jet skis to get to Cuba. We can't put the wall on the Canadian border because it will stop the caravans of Leftist former busboys, waitresses, waiters, and bartenders who are now "stars" leaving Hollywood for Canada. Unless you are over 100 you've never seen "raw capitalism".

Wolf's Head said...

Anon, ask Obama.

He oversaw the greatest transfer of wealth to the 1% in history.

Anonymous said...

Do the Conservatives here not understand the American Free Market economy works differently than a power switch switch? The choices are not Authoritarian Raw Capitalism or Authoritarian Communism. Democratic Socialism offers more personal freedom in the daily lives of wage earning families and family run businesses. Families do go bankrupt trying to pay medical bill, families don’t have to beg at local stores for donations for their child’s medical needs. Students aren’t slave to for profit banks for student loan debts. Workers are free to switch jobs without losing healthcare.

Johnny Rico said...

Does the village idiot not understand there is no free American economy with all the liberal inspired rules and regulations that favor big government and corporations over the common woman. There are no choices in this rigged game given to us by liberal lemming dumpocrats. Families are prevented from chasing their dreams by the crushing nanny state as liberal elitists would rather keep everyone in the lower income levels, i.e. the proverbial plantation. All while said liberal elitist millionaires like Pelosi, schumer,hussein obummer, Ms. bill Clinton, Maxine waters, soros, zuckerburg, bush jr. and the rest of the liberal cast of collectivists keep getting richer. They keep getting richer by dividing you, however liberals fall for it everytime. And finally families don't have to beg at local stores for donations when illegal aliens are deported back to whatever unenlightened cesspool of a third world country they came from so as to create jobs and raise the living wage. LOL!! Stings don't it.

Your ole pal


Teresa Petronelli


Johnny Rico

Johnny Rico said...

I believe that Occluded-Cortex (that's occassio-cortez for the village idiot) might be good for conservatives. She's extremist enough that it may well motivate many to come out and vote in 2020. Her inability to articulate democrat talking points however will be replaced soon enough by the usual broken record talking points germane to liberals. She will also be a millionaire within a decade just like her democrat brethren.

Something else to consider is how weird or extremist the left will become within the next decade. We'll all need popcorn for that. Think about how weird it would have been 10 years ago to hear an utterly stupid female liberal, raised in an affluent suburb of New York, sing the praises of socialism. Most conservatives wouldn't have believed that socialism would become an out of the closet principle in the United States. Pretty scary. If communism/socialism takes hold here in the United States none of us will believe the rapid degeneration of traditional values. They will come after every last vestige of conservative ideals. A lot rests on the 2020 election, but it may turn out all right if occluded-cortex keeps pissing on her fellow dumpocrats.


Johnny Rico

Anonymous said...

Trump is about to deliver a message to his foolish gullible cult, playing to their fears, geographical ignorance bigotry. A wall is a huge waste of taxpayer money and does not resolve border security.

Anonymous said...

Just listened to this demagogue in the White House.lying and fear mongering to the American people without an effective solution to Border Security.

Anonymous said...

Trump was officially connected to Russian Collusion today by Manafort’s attorneys today.

Johnny Rico said...

This thread is about Alexandria Occluded Cortex, not CNN talking points. My guises is the village idiot is about to be sent to Vent Page.

Anonymous said...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Is extremely accurate and will be a huge voice for justice, human rights and freedom.

Anonymous said...

Conservatives

Here’s AOC in her own words, what a wonderful fresh voice for humanity. https://mobile.twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1082833069864898562

Anonymous said...

“My dad died when I was 18, my mom scrubbed toilets + drove drove schoolbuses, I bartended to help her, and still won a Congressional primary at 28.

I’ll take my family over a fat bank account any day, and my experience makes me a better legislator.

I am the people I work for.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Sarkazein said...

Up until now, liberals didn't like to be labeled liberals and calling then socialists was akin to the McCarthy times, they said. Two years of a Trump presidency and the liberals are liberals and they are finally admitting they are socialists. All those years of their lies and denials finally are out in the light of day. To get elected, those liberal socialists in high office just a few years ago were talking about how bad illegal immigration is and that a barrier needs to be built. Are they lying then or now. Hard to tell. Maybe after another 2 years of the Trump presidency the truth will come out. We only know for a fact, they will say and do anything for power over the individual.

Anonymous said...

Liberal Point of View ( LPOV ) was always proud of being a Liberal .

Johnny Rico said...

liberal pov (notice lower case) was proud to be a liberal until he made the famous "Machts Niches Bitches" comment before losing badly. He fled the scene for several months, probably wailing the whole time in his mom's dank basement. He came back only to be hammered yet again after he tried to say USS Rodger Young never said anything negative about Trump. After the great one, USS Rodger Young, provided proof, pov (PLOP!) fled again for several months. Now he takes the cowardly approach using an anonymous handle which makes him look even dumber than usual.

Anonymous said...

It’s easy to see why Johnny likes Trump, they are so much alike.

Anonymous said...

Conservatives

It’s easy to see why Conservatives fear AOC, because she is so articulate in expressing the State of the Union. Here she is explaining the reality of Trump’s decisions and their cruelty, ignorance and how they are based on lies and racism. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-s-response-trump-wall-speech-revealed-why-ncna957096

Sarkazein said...

If horse-toothed becomes a prerequisite for being elected in Democrat primaries, AOC and BETO will be in the winner's circle.

Sarkazein said...

AOC was asked what Roe vs Wade is. She said it's the decision you have to make when illegally crossing the Rio Grande.

Anonymous said...

Sarkazein,

You better get use to see photographs of AOC and O’Rourke, these are just some of the fresh, young faces and voices of the Democratic Party who will fight to restore decency in America.

Johnny Rico said...

Occluded cortex and o roarless are signs of a fractured, leaderless dumpocrat party. Love it when dumpocrats are openly fighting amongst themselves. When they can’t agree internally, it means they aren’t busy taking someone’s rights away or using my hard earned money to keep blacks oppressed.

Anonymous said...

Johnny

Have the folks in right wing media reported the news of the last election? Republicans in Watauga County got fewer votes than their Democratic opposition in every race.

Johnny Rico said...

Yes I reported it right here. Hard to know that when you let ignorance occlude the truth

Sarkazein said...

Guatemala, the home of the caravan, has universal healthcare. I just watched a story about an American tourist who injured himself on a beach in Guatemala. Ambulance 2 1/2 hours to arrive. Trip to the hospital 5 1/2 hours. Bill $40,000 and the government confiscated his passport until his hospital bill was paid. 5 1/2 hours in back of an ambulance with a broken neck. Build the Wall High and Long! And put Anonymous POV on the Guatemala side.

Anonymous said...

And in another socialist health care story, US Senator Rand Paul is going to Canada for surgery in their socialist health care system. Surgery stems from getting his ass kicked in his own yard by his neighbor.

Sarkazein said...

By another crazed Leftist who just got 30 days of socialism.

Sarkazein said...

Annoyance 5:33 AM- The hospital is a private hospital that accepts cash. That's probably why it is good at the particular kind of non-mesh hernia surgery Sen Paul wants. Were you thinking Sen Paul had to become a Canadian citizen first and was going there because it was free? Wow, that's stupid. Do you ever read the article or ask questions about what you heard?
Your comment proves Capitalism is better. Your comment proves liberals are proud of their own crazed liberals who attack a neighbor physically (from behind) for having differing political views. A cowardly ward of the State, is what you are saying you are. Old news.

Johnny Rico said...

Occasional-Cortex keeps getting weirder. What we need to keep track of is her savings account. Most politicians who enter politics with little or no money are millionaires within a decade. How that got those millions is always murky. Anyone wanna bet she has someone write a book for her and then moves into a palatial estate fitting for leaders of socialism. How come the leaders of socialism and communism (same thing) never seem to be poor like the people they control? How many homes does socialist Bernie sanders own? LOL.

Your ole pal

Johnny Rico

Sarkazein said...

JohnnyRico 10:13 AM- "Occasional-Cortex"- That's a good one. I still can't remember her name and this works.
What kind of person runs off to college and makes her own mother "scrub toilets" to keep from going hungry?

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70% of democrats polled said they would vote for Occasional-Cortez for. President.

Sarkazein said...

Occasiona-Cortex

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Occasiona-Cortex

Sarkazein said...

Occasional-Cortex. The other 30% don't know her name too.

Sarkazein said...

AO-C goes against renown climatologist Al Gore's prediction of the end of the world. She says 12 years from now. Gore said 2016.

Sarkazein said...

85,000% inflation in Venezuela.

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Sarkazein said...

In reading some of the Green Dream and hearing it discussed on TV, I love it. It exposes the Left that is now lead by someone with the mind of a 13 year old... a goofy 13 year old. A O-C is a pure bread communist and proud of it. And what's better is she is shining the light on herself. Some Democrat politicians are lining up behind her and some are running for the hills. A O-C and our own Polititard POV will save the USA from themselves. Stupit doesn't even come close to describing A O-C. Combine her with Elizebeth Warren and the 3 stooges from Virginia and Algore and now the exposed Deep State and one can see the end of the Democrat Party coming up fast.

Sarkazein said...

"Unwilling to work"... Unbelievable! did she ever have a job? Did she ever work or just go to school while she made her mother scrub toilets? It's a lot like BETO. He NEVER did anything in his life prior to politics... nada.

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