Monday 1 June 2009


By Sarah Gilbert
May 19, 2009

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."

Bring on the 12-month paid maternity leaves, the all-access-pass to nationalized health care. Because while capitalism was showing America who's your daddy (in our country, he who has the least morals and the most hunger, laughs all the way to his weekend house in the Hamptons), Norway's socialist finance minister was smugly buying our companies' depressed stock.
The country has a cushy 11% budget surplus, zero national debt, and an economy that grew 3% last year while Uncle Sam was dancing a jig into a 12.9% deficit, $11 trillion in debt, and the Recession we now all know and love.

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.


  1. I lived in Sweden for 4 years and it is pretty much the same there as well. The reason you will never see this in the US is because those who stand to lose money from such a program are the ones that spew all the anti-socialism propaganda. Bottom line is you do pay more taxes to have these programs but it is not that much more than you pay now. You don't even miss it. And you do not have forms, premiums, deductibles, out of pocket expenses, etc to worry about. Hell all they would have to do is cut the military budget in half and no one would have to pay a penny more for these kinds of services. But we know that will never happen either....

  2. Totally agreed. Canada was on the European track also until we began to get Prime Ministers who want war and to follow the Zionist plan for big capitalism at the cost of the people.

    We are still better off than the US but in my 60 years I have seen a lot of deterioration. But I would much rather a socialist method than the utterly communist one of America.

    And no that will not happen because there is a very different set of bosses on the top levels of the planet who control all. They have been there for a long time but now they become bolder, harder, and their time runs short so America is in for a lil trouble.


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