For years, American socialists have described Finland’s government as the “ideal” because everything is “happy” and “free.”
However, an article posted last month on the Washington Free Beacon’s website warns us that the recent collapse of Finland’s government should be a lesson to us all.
The article reports that the government collapsed due to the rising cost of universal healthcare and Prime Minister Juha Sipila’s failure to enact reforms to the system. Sipila and the rest of the cabinet resigned after the governing coalition failed to “pass reforms in parliament to the country’s regional government and health services.”
If Finland’s problems aren’t enough to convince you that such socialist policies are a road to disaster, take a look at problems in other Nordic countries, such as Sweden and Denmark.
“Nordic countries, where comprehensive welfare is the cornerstone of the social model, have been among the most affected,” according to Reuters. “But reform has been controversial and, in Finland, plans to cut costs and boost efficiency have stalled for years.”
If America — and its Democratic Presidential hopefuls — can’t learn from this example, we’re all in for a rough ride.
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