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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.