>> But the big buster is the sales tax, a whopping 25%! yep, one fifth of the
price is taxes.
> Ok, so I'm being picky - but... welll... that was supposed to be one fourth,
Actually, as stated, one-fifth is right. Think about it: An item costs four dollars. The tax is 25%, or one dollar. So the total price is five dollars, one dollar of which is tax. So 1/5th of the total cost of the widget is tax. :-)
As for socialism: Sweden is a very small and homogenous country. These aren't bad things, but they're (IMO) two huge contributing factors to the success of socialism in Sweden. Call it the economic slashdot effect-- when a group gets too large, it can't maintain the kind of close-knit commitment that a socialist system requires.
Plus, last I heard Sweden was running a massive budget deficit, and the economy in general was kinda teetering. Was I misinformed, or how is Sweden doing economically these days?
Not the real rusty
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