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  •  Good luck with that. (3+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, Pluto, atana

    The day that my beloved Canada joins the USA is the day I apply for citizenship in Norway.

    190 milliseconds....

    by Kingsmeg on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:37:28 AM PST

    •  Going right for the top, I see. (2+ / 0-)
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      FloraLine, Sue B

      Highest standard of living in the world. Those socialist running dogs.

      A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

      by Pluto on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:56:34 AM PST

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      •  it's the oil wealth (1+ / 0-)
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        the Norwegian national pension fund is paid for by taxes on petroleum companies, license fees, and the dividends of the (partly) state-owned oil company.

        Norwegian citizens don't have to pay taxes to fund their retirement. The oil money covers the whole tab.

        Insofar as their level of public services depends on the nationalization of oil revenue, they differ little from Venezuela.

        I wonder why the powers that be haven't succeeded in privatizing the whole thing yet, in this era where oil companies are drilling in ever-tougher areas for ever-diminishing yields.

        Presumably when every citizen understands that their comfortable retirement depends on the oil revenue remaining under public control, it's pretty damned hard for oil companies to pry it out of their hands.

        "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

        by limpidglass on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 02:16:22 PM PST

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