Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
Per capita GDP is a pretty useless measure. Usually an indicator of tiny populations wedded to large scale resource developement. Qatar leads the world in per capita GDP by most measures. Should they be the model?
Norway's another popular example among people who like to make that argument. But let's get serious. Less than 5 million people, yet the world's 3rd largest exporter of oil. They're some offshore drillin' MFers. Easily lead the world in Per Capita Offshore Oil Rigs.
bzzt wrong. Nordic countries don't rely on natural resources - their people make them strong.
"With very few natural resources, the mixed economy of Denmark relies almost entirely on human resources. Its industrialised market economy depends on imported raw materials and foreign trade."
The same can be said for Sweden. You might have an argument with Norway, but if they're following the same model as Sweden & Denmark then there's no worry when their oil runs out - they'll be on green energy by then anyway.
The welfare state has proven that when you put money into educating and caring for people, poverty sharply declines
, and they become innovative and productive.
Originally Posted by Kaylore
The left doesn't like that someone can have more than someone else. And they believe government is better at spending your money than you will ever be (I suppose spending it is one thing they are "better" at). They know better because they have "the people's interests" at heart.
"Capitalism means male baldness research gets more funding than malaria" - Bill Gates