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Chuck Pinkey

April 22, 2014

Cruising for a bruising with socialism


She replied, “That is a good thing. In Sweden, we are socialist. Salaries are high and many people pay a 57 percent income tax, a 25 percent sales or value-added tax, and so on. We all live a good lifestyle and have good health care.” “You mean 80 percent-90 percent is taken in taxes?” I asked. “Yes. If you figure income, value-added, corporate, property and all other taxes, but look at what we all receive,” she said.

“ Very interesting! If you were an artist in Sweden, who would dictate or determine the content of your work?” I asked.

“What? That’s absurd! No one would dare dictate the content of one’s work or compromise their creativity!” she countered.

“Is that so?” I asked, “Aren’t they doing exactly that to the entire population by taking 80 percent-90 percent of their income?”

CHUCK PINKEY is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to. 

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