Taxes that help Danes achieve happiness and societal success
Columnist Justice B. Hill enjoyed his visit to Copenhagen (“What We Could Learn From Those Lucky Danes,” Sept. 30), and we were also in Denmark last week. The Danes are a happy bunch, despite Shakespeare’s cliché. Obviously, there are huge demographic and cultural differences between Americans and Danes, but there are important lessons to be learned from what might be the happiest place on earth.
Yes, the taxes are ridiculous; the average Danish tax rate is 45%. But think about what they get for their money: free college, universal health care, and child support for every family with children. They are #1 in “climate change performance” and worker rights. Only 6% live below the poverty line, about half the US rate. Wind turbines and solar power provide 50% of electrical power (how many years did it take Cleveland’s LEEDCo project to install six lousy wind turbines in Lake Erie??). The air and water are clean, the beer is good (maybe not as good as our Cleveland beer) and they have a wonderful amusement park right in downtown Copenhagen. Instead of relentless tax cuts, Americans might be happier paying a higher rate and getting a lot more in return.