I have to admit that when I read Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s recent comments at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, I LOL’d. In fact, it was less of a laugh and more of an ecstatic chortle. The Democrat-Socialist alliance in the United States loves arguing that the folks living under socialism just love their big-government, nanny state politics, but according to the most recent elections, that just doesn’t seem to be so.
Here’s some proof that the Democrats love to parrot this idea, from Socialist/Democrat candidate for President, Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate who calls himself a socialist, has used Denmark as the example of the socialist utopia he wants to create in America. During the Democrats’ first debate last month, he said “we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.”
While appearing in New Hampshire in September, Sanders said that he had “talked to a guy from Denmark” who told him that in Denmark, “it is very hard to become very, very rich, but it’s pretty hard to be very, very poor.”
“And that makes a lot of sense to me.”
Let’s look at what Prime Minister Rasmussen had to say about the Democrats constantly calling Denmark a “socialist” country:
While speaking at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the center-right Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he was aware “that some people in the U.S. associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism.”
“Therefore,” he said, “I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.”
Rasmussen acknowledged that “the Nordic model is an expanded welfare state which provides a high level of security to its citizens,” but he also noted that it is “a successful market economy with much freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish.”
Apparently, socialism isn’t as popular in Europe as Sanders likes to pretend.