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  •  In a civilized country... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... education for everyone from K through college is considered a fundamental human right and all go to school for free; if their studies don't permit them to stay at home while in college, the students are paid a stipend for food and shelter (i.e., they don't have to do work-study or work + college classes).  The same principle applies to medical care: it's a fundamental human right, so it's also free to everyone.  They also have generous paid parental leave for BOTH parents when they have a baby, with guaranteed job security when either parent goes back to work.

    "Free" is a relative term.  These "free" services are paid for by high taxes, but since they're also in the top ten ranking for happiest countries, it seems no one minds the high tax rates since they all benefit from it one way or another.  I've been following this 'happiness survey' for a couple of years now:

    The Happiest Country in The World Is ...  Live Science: Tia Ghose, Staff Writer, 9 Sept 2013

    The happiest people in the world may live in Scandinavia, a new study suggests.

    That's according to the United Nations General Assembly's second World Happiness Report, which ranks countries based on several measures of well-being and analyzes the factors that contribute to that well-being.
    [More at link.]

    The Happiest (and Saddest) Countries  LiveScience Staff | September 09, 2013 07:04am ET

    The United Nations General Assembly's second World Happiness Report ranks countries based on several measures of well-being and analyzes the factors that contribute to that well-being. Here are the country rankings, based on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the most satisfied with life. The scores are an average of results between 2010 and 2012.

    1. Denmark (7.693)
    2. Norway (7.655)
    3. Switzerland (7.650)
    4. Netherlands (7.512)
    5. Sweden (7.480)
    6. Canada (7.477)
    7. Finland (7.389)
    8. Austria (7.369)
    9. Iceland (7.355)
    10. Australia (7.350)
    [The US comes in at #17.  Click on link to see the rest of the story and the list of 147 countries.)

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 11:46:33 PM PDT

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