posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 11:43 PM
Originally posted by Odium
How do people explain Sweden, Switzerland, etc if poor people have to exist?
Even their poor have a higher standard of living than most people in other Nation's will do or dream of having. Free health care, relocation money
for jobs, lower rates of tax, etc, etc.
I have a "funny" Swedish story, really. My mother was recently there to visit some friends - who, to the naked eye, appear to be doing fairly well.
So, when my mother went grocery shopping with her friends, she noticed that one of them was pocketing bread, cheese, etc... in her coat. So my
mother asked her about it when they were eating that evening, and her friend said that most people in Sweden have to result to theft for a meal
because the prices are so outrageously high. It is common-practice by most, and no one is usually arrested for it, if caught - even police have to do
it as well.
As far as taxes go, the reason why they have free health care, relocation money, etc. is because they pay up the ass in taxes! The common folk of
Sweden/Switzerland are not living in the lap of luxury. The poor may appear to live better than elsewhere, but poor is poor, and people will do
anything to survive.
There are good things and bad things about America (just like any country), but again, poor is poor, and many of us here live far better than most
people in other countries.
[edit on 9-1-2005 by EmbryonicEssence]