I just read Frank Lovell’s letter to the editor (published June 25, titled “Socialism will destroy this country”) and have to answer this misconceived and misleading missive.
First of all, Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, rated No. 3 currently and always in the top three in the entire world. And why shouldn’t they be, they have a healthy outlook on life. The biggest problems of life are covered: namely, health care and education.
Yes, they have a high income tax rate which they consider an investment in their own lives. Unlike us — we consider taxes a burden to be done away with. That’s why our politicians con us all the time and we are never happy.
Danes enjoy one of the highest incomes and quality of life in Europe. Also, the gas in Denmark is only $5.83 a gallon, not $10. It’s why they only drive smaller cars, if they want to own one. Most don’t because they have excellent mass transportation, unlike the U.S. By the way, I learned to drive in Copenhagen in 1947 on an Opel super six.
Their suicide rate is about 8.8 per 100,000 as compared to ours of 12 per 100,000 and, yes, they do apparently seem to use a lot of antidepressants, which I cannot explain. However, it’s not because they are unhappy. I know many Danes and am of Danish descent. I have also lived in Denmark and know what I am talking about.
The Danes have little to worry about, being taken care of from cradle to grave. Even their nursing homes are very pleasant. They also enjoy five weeks paid vacation and 52 weeks of maternity leave, with 36 weeks paid.
So, Mr. Lovell seems to have socialism confused with communism, a mistake most Americans make because they are told that by the Republican Party, which wishes to keep us all under their rule.
You see, the Danes have a Social Democratic system of government, not a communist one.
I hope I have cleared up some of the misconceptions implied by Mr. Lovell.