Denmark is famed for having wonderful services in return for its high taxes. The starting rate of tax is around 40% and goes up to around 60% for the higher earners. There is a flat sales tax on everything and sin taxes on some things, like cars and butter.
In return, the story goes, the Danes get wonderful “free” healthcare, education and other public services. Some even go as far as to pronounce the services “the best in the world”.
Unfortunately, what happens instead is that schools and hospitals are closed, services are limited (for example, my police station is only open between 10am and 3pm), services degrade in quality (for example, children become emotionally stunted because they do not get enough one-on-one with an adult at their daycare), and people are told they can only have sickness benefits if they “try everything” even if their doctor says that they HAVE tried everything. Have you tried electroconvulsive therapy? Well then. No money.
The people of Denmark need to get angry. Yes, there is a financial crisis. Yes, they have run out of money. But that is NOT good enough. If they want to close emergency departments in hospitals, if they want to make mega-schools, if they want to introduce the “putting everyone in the same room” model of inclusion, if they want to fire librarians, if they want to reduce police coverage, if they want to prevent sick people from receiving benefits…. they need to reduce the tax bill.
The people of Denmark need to rise up and fight these cuts. They are not happy but all they do is grumble. My guess is that the big companies call the shots on how much tax they pay, and they do so because they stand up to the politicians. The politicians need to be as scared of US as they are scared of Maersk.
This isn’t socialism, this is serfdom.