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Jon Stewart: Socialism is Awesome
Posted By Rory Cooper On April 23, 2009 @ 11:02 am In Ongoing Priorities | 77 Comments
Last night’s agenda on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart was: Socialism is awesome!
As more and more Americans worry about the growth of government in their lives here in the U.S., the Daily Show travelled to Sweden to put those worries to rest. They wanted to show us that we should embrace Socialism rather than fear it. Well, by playing fast and loose with the facts, as usual, we fear even one person believed their nonsense.
So yes, while the Daily Show is very astute to notice that President Obama is embracing a regulated labor force, high taxes, nationalized medicine, increased welfare and an economy built around government spending; they missed the point that Sweden is desperately trying to turn the opposite direction.
Here are some things they didn’t tell you about Sweden…
So, there you have it. Jon Stewart loves Sweden, and he loves Socialism. Too bad Stewart didn’t find a Swedish citizen to speak with; they would’ve told him that Socialism didn’t work for them, and it won’t work for the United States. Socialism is not awesome.
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URLs in this post:
 Index of Economic Freedom: http://www.heritage.org/index/Country/Sweden
 Sweden was the world’s third-richest nation, but it fell: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/wm1219.cfm
 However, abuse is rampant and at any given moment, 10% of Sweden’s workers are on sick leave: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Economy/hl1037.cfm
 President Obama campaigned on a tax plan that would give us a higher top rate than Sweden’s 57%: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed080508a.cfm
 But there are some bright spots in Sweden.: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed011609d.cfm
 While corporate tax rates haven’t been cut in the United States in over a decade, Sweden recently cut theirs from 60% to 28%: http://www.heritage.org/Research/TradeandForeignAid/wm2065.cfm
 highly centralized, bureaucratic health care system where doctors are salaried employees of the government: http://www.heritage.org/Research/SocialSecurity/bg883.cfm
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