Bernie Sanders Is Expected To Do Well On Super Tuesday And Claims He Is Only Advocating EU Style Socialism, But Many European Nations Are Rejecting It.
What you should know about the experiences of UK, Germany, Norway and Sweden.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and his chief campaign surrogate, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), claim their policies most closely resemble the U.K., Norway, Sweden and Germany.
They are both advocating the $93 trillion Green New Deal and Medicare for All, the want to double the size of the U.S. government. Sanders agenda costs $60 trillion and and it is being rejected in the liberal EU.
Sanders repeatedly praises Sweden where the average worker pays up to 75% in taxes, and the government still has to borrow money.
Adjusted for PPP, the average standard of living in Europe is below that of Mississippi, the poorest U.S. state.
Michael Knowles of Fox News says their “economic proposals bear little resemblance to British and Nordic public policy.
As early as the 1950s, Britain began to privatize its social security and pension programs. By the 1990s, as decades of socialism caused economic growth to stagnate, Sweden followed suit.
“Neither Sweden nor Norway mandates a minimum wage, and Britain demands a minimum wage well below the Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed of $15 per hour.
“Britain and Finland offer a lower corporate tax rate than the United States, and all the nations they name have lower rates than their proposal.
“None has a health care regime as socialistic as the Medicare-For-All scheme, which constitutes a full federal takeover of health care.” Listed below are observations about Germany, Norway and Sweden.
Germany: It is true that Germany has its own Green New Deal but that means consumers pay three times more for electricity than Americans.
Germany shut down their 9 nuclear power plants and they are also closing 84 coal plants because of the Paris Accord. They spent $580 billion on renewables over the last decade and got:
- Zero emissions reductions, 2. Gas rationing and 3. They had to close public schools three years ago during the winter because they didn’t have enough power.
Norway: The socialists ruled Norway for 24 years but they lost the prime minister’s office in both the 2013 and 2017 elections. It wasn’t until January 2019, that Prime Minister Erna Solberg reached a deal to form a center-right majority government, which meant its first non-socialist majority government since 1985. They want tax cuts, less government spending, and privatizing many state-owned companies.
Sweden: In 2018, NBC News said “Socialists have dominated every election in Sweden for 101 years making the Nordic nation a lodestar for leftists around the world.”
However, voters have had enough. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, a Social Democrat, is a former union boss who has raised taxes, cut defense spending, and significantly increased immigration.
He received 142 votes in parliament while the vote against was 204. The only reason he continues to lead a minority government is because the conservative alliance will not make a deal with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD). They have 62 seats but the conservatives think the SD rhetoric is too extreme.
The alliance parties are anti-abortion, want to increase defense spending, and have expressed skepticism about man-made climate change.