ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ and family are currently entertaining family guests from the socialist kingdom of Sweden. We have been spending an inordinate amount of time accompanying them on "shopping" expeditions. They are amazed by the "cheapness" of items as compared to equivalent items in the socialist paradise where they reside and are puzzled by the reasons for it. Typical consumer items in the U.S. which are taxed at 7% cost about half what comparable items cost in Sweden and ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ has attempted with limited success to explain to them the reasons for this.
Two of the visitors are employed by small businesses in Sweden that must pay the government an "employment tax" on each of their employees equal to 100% of the employee's salary. This covers the government mandated 5 weeks paid vacation per year as well as their health insurance which has been experiencing an exponential increase in co-payments for the last several years. (Also and additionally there is a "Value Added (sales) Tax" on ALL goods and services of 25%).
During the absence of employees for the mandated 5 weeks per year vacation plus the government mandated paid sick leave and "personal" time the employer must pay replacements who are entitled to the same benefits. If employers are unable to pass these costs on to consumers they must go out of business with the resulting unemployment benefits paid by other taxpayers.
Not surprisingly, the results of this system are prices for all consumer products of about twice that of the "evil" U.S.
These folks protest that medical treatment (usually after a substantial waiting period and increasing co-payments) are "free" not to mention the "free lunches'' at all government centers of socialist indoctrination (schools).
Welcome to the plan that the Dhimmocrat party envisions for US.