Date: Oct 25, 2012 11:14 AM
Author: Paul A. Tanner III
Subject: Re: Speachless In New York (or, another OMG moment)

On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM, Robert Hansen <> wrote:
> On Oct 25, 2012, at 12:21 AM, Paul Tanner <> wrote:
> The richest countries in the world in the past couple of decades - in
> world history in fact - adjusted for population are the Scandinavian
> democracies, with their world's highest levels of taxation and social
> welfare, and their vastly intelligently designed capitalism,
> especially Norway.
> That has been refuted.

BS. I refuted your "refutation".

And this is about GDP, total economic output.

But regardless, I showed that you actually left out lots of taxes in the US as well as many things are collectively paid for in these countries like healthcare and childcare and massive government subsidies for such as rent, and so it is not "a wash". And in these countries, they do not have the obscenity of armies of homeless and impoverished people - like homeless or impoverished veterans, which proves it to be a lie that conservatives believe in "supporting the troops".)

I am simply stating the fact that each one of these countries have had for almost every one of the last 30 years larger per capita GDPs than the US, a fact that sticks in the craws of conservatives in a major way since it contradicts the propaganda of conservatives that higher levels of government revenue as a percentage of GDP slows down GDP growth and generally that government in general slows down GDP growth.

For the US, nominal per capita GDP is less than $50,000, while for Norway, the richest of these countries, it's around $100,000.