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Socialism Working Pretty Well For Norway, Thank You Very Much

Norway was named the world’s most prosperous country by the London-based Legatum Institute:

For the sixth time in a row, Norway is named the most prosperous country in an annual ranking by Legatum Institute. The institute has evaluated 142 countries based on their economic performance, as well as other important areas such as education, health, personal freedom, security and safety. Norway takes third place for economy, fifth for health and education, seventh in government and second in personal freedom.


Senior advisor James Barty at the Legatum Institute thinks that Norway scores high because of both the country’s economy as well as strong social values and progress within education and health.

Heh. It’s almost as if investing in your own people pays off. Who knew? By the way, in case you wondered: the U.S. ranked 10th.

This struck me as funny because yesterday I heard that awful Joni Ernst, in her Sarah Palin voice, say that “America is the greatest nation in the history of mankind.” That just made me laugh. It’s like they’ve descended into self-parody. Really? In the history of mankind? It’s something she says a lot, in fact she even has it on her website.

I just think, you know, really? Maybe you need to get out more often. Yeah America is great but we’re not the only country in the world. Other countries do things pretty well, too. But this is the kind of stupid rah-rah amygdala-tweaking that gets you elected in Dumbfuckistan.

Anyway, I’ve written a lot about Norway. I’ve called it, jokingly (but kinda seriously), “the promised land.” Seems I’m not alone in my estimation of that country.


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>I Don’t Think Sarah Palin Knows What Socialism Means

>Seriously. From Political Carnival:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was interviewed last night by Sean Hannity on Fox News:

Palin: We are the only state with a negative tax rate where we don’t have any income, sales or property tax statewide, and yes we have a share of our oil resource revenue that goes back to the people that own the resources. Imagine that.

Hannity: And it went up higher since you’ve been the governor and you negotiated with the oil companies. That all went up so people get a bigger check.

Palin: There was a corrupt tax system up there and we had a couple of lawmakers end up in jail because of the tax system that was adopted so we cleaned it up and said we wanted a fair and equitable share of the resources that we own, and the people will share in those resource revenues that are derived.

Not long after that Palin made her famous “socialism … that’s where we’re headed” remark.

Umm …. Someone needs to take the Governor aside and tell her what socialism is. Looks like you guys have a taste of it up in Alaska.

In the meantime, why don’t we nationalize our oil companies the way socialist countries like Norway do. Like Alaska, Norway believes oil revenues belong to the people, not a corporation. Except in Norway, it belongs to all the people, not just those who live near the oil platforms.

Of course, in this country these royalties–when they are collected–are supposed to go to the Dept. of the Interior. However, Houston, we have a little problem:

WASHINGTON – June 9 – The U.S. Interior Department is wrongly withholding information that will reveal whether taxpayers are being ripped off in a controversial oil and gas royalty program, according to a lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Interior claims that disclosure of bidding and contracting information about its Royalty-In-Kind sales would reveal oil company trade secrets.

Oh, whah. That would just be too fucking bad, now wouldn’t it. Geez, what is it with the graft at the Interior Dept.? Must be too many loyal Bushies still left behind.

Why don’t we natonalize the oil companies and get rid of the middle man. And in the meantime, we can create the dream socialist state that the wingnuts are saying we already have?

I”m not serious of course, but I think it’s funny that people like Sarah Palin can have their socialism when they want it, and then can call for drilling “our” oil. It’s not “our” oil. It’s ExxonMobil’s. The government gets a royalty but half the time the energy companies are paying someone off with hookers and blow and Toby Keith concert tickets.

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>The Evils Of Socialism Revisited

>In honor of the approaching one-year anniversary of my trip to Norway and Sweden (which, naturally, I blogged about here), Jon Stewart has followed my lead with a Daily Show take on the evils of Scandinavian-style government policy.

Not quite as eloquent as my blog posts, but you know, if you’re into that Daily Show sort of thing (some people say Jon Stewart hurts America), have it.

Stockholm Syndrome, Part I:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
The Stockholm Syndrome
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And Part II:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
The Stockholm Syndrome Pt. 2
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