Voters in Denmark will head to the polls next week to decide the future of the Nordic country’s iconic welfare system as rising costs, an aging population, and out-of-control spending are placing major strains on the Danish economy.
“Aging populations have led to politicians across the region chipping away at the generous cradle-to-grave welfare state for years. In Denmark, next week’s election could prove a turning point as frustrated voters say: No more,” reports Reuters.
“We pay very high taxes in Denmark, and that’s alright. But in return, I think we can demand a certain service,” said pensioner Sonja Blytsoe.
“The erosion of the welfare state has now become a defining issue in the June 5 general election in a country where people hand over an average 36% of their personal income to the state each month,” adds the article.
A similar political fallout occurred in Finland earlier this year, when the entire government resigned after failing to reach a deal on meaningful “welfare reform.”
“Finland’s entire government resigned Friday after the governing coalition failed to agree on the welfare state reform, just one month before elections were due to be held,” reports Fox News. “Juha Sipila has been the country’s prime minister since 2015 after forming a three-party governing coalition with two other right-leaning parties.”
“I take the responsibility for the failure. It has been a huge disappointment to me,” said the Prime Minister.
Finland’s government aimed to cut $3.4 billion over the next decade to cope with a series of issue placing a major strain on the nation’s generous welfare-state.
Read the full report at Reuters.
CLIMATE? SOCIALISM? Bernie Sanders Spent $300K on Private Jet Travel in October
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raised eyebrows among his fellow Democratic-Socialists and climate-change activists this week; with new FEC filings showing the potential 2020 candidate spending $300,000 on private jet travel in just nine days.
The recently released documents show Sanders spent $297,658.50 in October for a nine-day, nine-state campaign tour ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
“This cost covered the entirety of the tour from Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, and back to Vermont,” said a spokesperson with VtDigger.com, the first outlet to report the expenses.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2018 re-election camp spent almost $300,000 on private jet service for a nine-day cross country campaign trip. https://t.co/0iMjETXpE1
— VTDigger (@vtdigger) December 4, 2018
“According to federal campaign finance reports, Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator’s official 2018 Senate campaign committee, spent $297,685.50 with Apollo Jets, a private charter jet service headquartered in New York. The report does not break down the number of trips or where they were taken. The check was issued on Oct. 10, according to the report,” writes the VTDigger.
Read the full report at the Daily Caller.
CLIMATE? SOCIALISM? Hillary Staffers Say Bernie Demanded PRIVATE JETS Throughout 2016 Campaign
A senior insider with Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential bid shed new light on the relationship between her campaign and Sen. Bernie Sanders this week; saying the Vermont socialist demanded private jets while stumping for the former Secretary of State.
“I’m not shocked that while thousands of volunteers braved the heat and cold to knock on doors until their fingers bled in a desperate effort to stop Donald Trump, his Royal Majesty King Bernie Sanders would only deign to leave his plush D.C. office or his brand new second home on the lake if he was flown around on a cushy private jet like a billionaire master of the universe,” former Clinton campaign rapid response director Zac Petkanas told Politico.
“We would try to fight it as much as possible because of cost and availability of planes, but they would request [a jet] every time,” another staffer told Politico. “We would always try to push for commercial. … At the campaign, you’re constantly trying to save like 25 cents.”
“In the two years following the presidential election, Sanders continued his frequent private jet travel, spending at least $342,000 on the flights,” adds Politico.
Read the full report at Politico.