I don't even think that is true. If he WANTED to be a dictator he would be making moves to change the Constitution to favor him running for an extra term or keeping him in office permanently which has not happened nor will it. I heard the same shit when Dumb Cowboy Bush was in office. As for guns, I do favor background checks (already in place) and training classes teaching the proper use and handling of such weapons (we need work on this). Clearly if you're an ex-mental patient with a history of violent thought or actions you should not be licensed to have a firearm.
Back to the Socialism topic I read a great article about the costs of such a system. In order to reach the lowest possible tax bracket of European "Socialist" countries you have to make over $500K here in the US as the tax system currently stands. Here are some tidbits:
The High Cost of Scandinavian “Socialism”
Scandinavian “Socialism”: The Offerings
It must first be clarified that Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark, and Norway) are not socialist. They are capitalist countries that impose excessive levels of taxation on their citizens to fund a wide array of social programs. Those programs include:
“Free” government funded healthcare through single-payer healthcare systems
Generous government funded maternal and paternal leave
Heavily subsidized higher education, free of tuition to all students (and in Norway, to international students as well)
Generous paid sick leave
Scandinavian “Socialism”: The Cost
The large welfare states of Scandinavia are not without their cost. In 2017, all three countries had levels of taxation exceeding half of every dollar earned. Taxes as a percent of GDP are:
50.7% in Sweden
53.5% in Denmark
54.7% in Norway
For reference, in the U.S. taxes at all levels of government averaged26% of GDP in 2016 (and have sincebeen cut).
Listen to Bernie’s rhetoric and you’d get the impression that it’s “millionaires and billionaires” ponying up most of those funds – but they aren’t in Scandinavia. While theTax Foundation found that in 2017 the top 10% of American households paid 70.6% of the taxes, there is no Robin Hood in Scandinavia.
In America, an earner isn’t subject to thetop tax bracket of 37% until they earn over $500,000. While an American would need to earn eight times the average income to be subject to our top tax bracket, the figures are only 1.5 times average income in Sweden, 1.6 in Norway, and 1.3 in Denmark (source: pages 30-31).
And to add a cherry to this sundae these countries are now raising the retirement ages to pay for pensions and freebies given to immigrants!
Folkökningen skenar – då kan pensionsåldern höjas
Sweden's population is increasing at a furious pace, and this development means significantly increased costs to manage.
This is stated in the Swedish Municipalities and County Council (SKL) in the "Financial Report" which presented on Tuesday .
- From 2018, we expect the need for welfare to increase significantly faster than tax revenue, states Annika Wallenskog, chief economist at SKL.
In the report, SKL warns that a number of measures are needed to close the gap between costs and revenues, which is likely to rise to 59 billion in 2021.
The rapid population growth as a result of the large refugee reception last year and a childbirth approaching historically high levels are putting great pressure on the municipalities and county councils.
Higher retirement age is already being discussed in the Pension Group (where most of the parties are included) and may, according to the Minister of Finance, be an important step towards balance in the economy.
Several associations, such as the SPF Seniors and PRO, advocate a higher retirement age.
- If you look at those who start working at 30, there should be opportunities to work longer than 65. Then you must not forget that many of those who have worked from 20 are worn out as they approach retirement age, says Magdalena Andersson.
She believes that there must be a change in attitude about the elderly in the labor market.
- Those who are high up in their age should have the opportunity to work longer, says the finance minister.