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Rebooting the American Dream by Thom Hartmann

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CHAPTER 2Roll Back the Reagan Tax Cuts

You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessings.

—Andrew Jackson

WHEN I WAS IN DENMARK IN 2008 DOING MY RADIO SHOW FOR a week from the Danish Radio studios and interviewing many of that nation’s leading politicians, economists, energy experts, and newspaper publishers, one of my guests made a comment that dropped the scales from my eyes.1

We’d been discussing taxes on the air and the fact that Denmark has an average 52 percent income-tax rate. I asked him why people didn’t revolt at such high taxes, and he smiled and pointed out to me that the average Dane is very well paid, with a minimum wage that equals roughly $18 per hour. Moreover, what Danes get for their taxes (that we don’t) is a free ...

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