Let's get this straight: American voters are wrong. High taxes, high wages, and high employment go together. Security makes us free - not lazy and dependent. Check out the graphs. They are dramatic. MORE PEOPLE WORK in high welfare, high tax countries. - gwc
A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia. - NYTimes.com
by Neil Irwin
It is a simple idea supported by both economic theory and most people’s intuition: If welfare benefits are generous and taxes high, fewer people will work. Why bother being industrious, after all, if you can get a check from the government for sitting around — and if your choice to work means that much of your income will end up in the tax collectors’ coffers?
Here’s the rub, though: The idea may be backward.
Some of the highest employment rates in the advanced world are in places with the highest taxes and most generous welfare systems, namely Scandinavian countries. The United States and many other nations with relatively low taxes and a smaller social safety net actually have substantially lower rates of employment.'via Blog this'