Norway Has Troubles Too

Certainly an interesting read here. A number of faults can be found in the info, however. I could make the argument that Norway has a far smaller population than the US. Or I could state how the American people see things differently and our history, being very against the socialist agenda, won’t prove helpful to someone like Clinton or Hillary. But let’s focus on how well things are really going in Norway, shall we.
It’s economy is not as stable and strong as one may think: Norway Risks Killing Its Own Economy.
Xenophobia exists there too: Norway’s Problem With Immigration.
Their healthcare system, like the US’s new ACA, is universal except that with their significantly higher taxes, almost everything is paid for when they get sick. The problem is that in America we see how this is already destroying healthcare, and it’s mostly because universal healthcare won’t work in a large society that continues to push more “free” (that is, the highly taxed paying for the whole bill). You see, that healthcare still isn’t free at all. You are either paying for it through your taxes for yourself, or you’re paying for those who could work and contribute, but don’t/won’t/and in some cases can’t. I stress “some cases can’t.”
Social issues that exist in Norway are extensive. Here are a few: disintegration of the family unit (seen in the US at an increasing rate as we become more “progressive”) and climbing divorce rates (also found in the US, and wherever you see it this appears to come more from either the decline of family as mentioned above, or from financial strain) (Cultural Issues in Norway); equality issues also exist, along with bullying, an increase in mental health cases, environmental concerns, homelessness, and much more (just search for things like “social problems in Norway).
Though you’ll find that many of the results for any “problems in Norway” are linked to their economy, the point here is that 1) the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and 2) they have problems too. No government in this earthly world can fix all the problems you find in any given country. We are imperfect, greedy, and selfish beings, especially as a society. The things is, for nearly 240 years America has been a great experiment and we continue to shape and mold our government. The Constitution was written as a living document for that very purpose. It’s intent was not to be so solidified, dogmatic even, so that it could not be changed. Don’t be so quick to toss it aside, instead lets evaluate the worth in changing it. And if change is needed, a process exists so that if this is what America wants then it can be made so.

One thought on “Norway Has Troubles Too

  1. Enjoyed the Ann Jones article in The Nation (your first link, above). It confirms everything I’ve been reading elsewhere about Norway for the past 20 years. Put simply, they seem to have figured out a few things America still has not, and as a result they have a more peaceful, content and, for the average person, prosperous society with better access to quality education and healthcare than average U. S. citizens.
    Your second link, about healthcare, seemed almost tongue-in-cheek. Not sure who ever believed that healthcare was “free” anywhere. Seems like a straw man. But did you see what average Norwegians end up paying for health care per year? A few hundred dollars! Way, way less than the average American lucky enough to even have health insurance. I lived in Japan for several years, saw how universal single-payer-style health insurance works first-hand, and have been scratching my head ever since as to why America refuses to figure out this one. To the best of my knowledge, All of these countries with universal health care A) pay less per capita for health care than Americans do, and B) live longer. There’s good reason that polls in these countries consistently show that None of them have even a remote interest in an American-style health insurance system. In my view, it’s unfortunate that resistance to universal health care in the U.S. is so strong that the best that could be enacted was the ACA – legislation that is the definition of “compromise” – a situation where hardly anyone really wins.
    For the past couple of decades, Norway has consistently been ranking at the top or near the top in terms of “happiness.” They work fewer hours than Americans yet have a higher nominal per capita GDP, they’ve recognized that enough people is enough people and have significantly lowered their fertility rates, crime rates of all descriptions are lower than those in the U.S., their education system seems to be working better, and in general, as a society, they seem to be doing a good job of taking care of each other and providing broad opportunity.
    For my part, I’m less interested in examining areas where Norway – and countries like Norway – haven’t reached perfection, and more interested in figuring out what the U.S. could learn from.
    In any event, quite an interesting post. Thanks. Kind regards, Jack Donachy

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