Switzerland surely is at the top of the list. The burden of government spending is modest by European standards, in part because of a very good spending cap that prevents politicians from overspending when revenues are buoyant. Tax rates also are reasonable. The central governments tax system is progressive, but the top rate is only 11.5 percent. And tax competition among the cantons ensures that sub-national tax rates dont get too high. Because of these good policies, Switzerland completely avoided the fiscal crisis plaguing the rest of the continent.
Sounds like a good place to be!
posted on 12/20/2012 9:02:43 AM PST
(We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
Don't forget that in Switzerland, NO TAX can be enacted; no tax rate increased, without a nationwide referendum!
Imagine that! And they have strict immigration controls. OTOH, The non-Swiss euroweenies had a "brilliant" idea in regard to immigration.
"Hey, Luigi, Jacques, Sven ... let's go get millions of third worlders to come here and work and pay taxes to support our pensions and welfare programs!" Instead, their third worlders merely jumped into welfare ... somehow skipping the work thing... and screwing up the culture thing ... the schools ... and pig-farming, among other things.
Same thing happens here when an immigrant two weeks in the country gets SS benefits, to which system they of course never contributed ... or goes on welfare ... foodstamps .... AFDC ... Section 8 ... Cash Grants, etc. Not to mention that we all of a sudden have to deal with polygamy, female circumcision, etc. etc. Extreme example? The Somali "refugees" in Maine.
Maybe we can get Switzerland to take just a few?
posted on 12/20/2012 1:27:54 PM PST
by Kenny Bunk
(Say, what the hell happened to Reggie Love?)
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