I'm glad a more socialist government is working out for Denmark. That's great. But I want to live in a capitalist, free-market society. And if America goes more socialist, I don't have anywhere to go. If you want to live in a more socialist society, you can move to Europe. Or North Korea. If I knew of a more capitalist country, I would move there.
It is truly interesting to read a debate consisting of (mostly) Americans discussing Socialism, something most of you have no clear idea of what really is. For instance - most European nations have large social-democratic parties running the show (the UK, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Poland, Holland etc), but also several other nations like Japan, Australia and hey - look what's up north, Canada. I dare any one of you to travel to these nations, to take part in society and come back and tell me you are oppressed, that your opportunities are limited or that your social/economic/cultural potential is being held back or curtailed by the government. Unless of course you're crazy about hand-guns... most Europeans have a problem with that.
You might actually find that we are healthier, live longer, earn more, have a higher standard of living and no longer pine for the USA as we did 30, 40 or 50 years ago. Young Americans who settle in Europe for a period of time often find it difficult to go back. Many will tell you that having a safe environment for the kids are paramount, but there could be any number of reasons.
(All that said and done - Denmark is one of the most liberal and free democracies in the world. You'd be surprised, and the more puritan amongst you would be shocked...)
So what's the deal? A fairer re-distribution of wealth. It occurs to me that many Americans still believe that if you simply provide a few people with enormous fortunes, THEY will redistribute the wealth down through the system. If anything, the last few years will have tought you that greed is paramount and any opportunity, loophole or downright illegality is utilized in order to withhold money for no other reason than to swim around in it like some sort of perverted Unca Scrooge. So yes, "rich" folks in Europe are taxed a bit harder, yes, large corporations are taxed a bit harder (and in some cases, co-owned by the state in order to make sure no-one can run these companies into the ground a get away with a "whoops. sorry...") ..
And yes, we have a few more social systems in place in order to provide comfort and aid to those who need it, or the kids and myself should I get sick. Or loose my job. Or suffer a disease. You get the picture.
Funny thing is at the same time you'll find that we are just as capitalistic as you. In fact, often more so. Fortunes are made, money are spendt, people live well. Could it be that the whole notion of redistribution of wealth has something going for it? I am not saying we're perfect over here - far from it - but I will suggest that there are elements of the European model that you ought to consider.
It also occurs to me that some of you think socialism = oppressive governmental control. Big brother, all that stuff. True, Communist states did (and still do) practice that. It's a token part of being totalitarian, after all. That has, however, nothing to do with the kind of democratic society the social-democratic parties are a part of (and in many cases helped create!) in Europe. Further more, is all well in the US in this regard? Dozens of new laws, all created apparently to help keep you "safe" (was that not part of the various agencies' agenda prior to 2001?), but the reality is of course that you - me - all of us are under the lens - which of course has but of a shadow of anything to do with "safety".
Not saying socialist/social-democratic is better, but in my experience, having lived and enjoyed life on both sides of the ocean, there are important lessons to be learned in Europe that the US would find beneficial at this point in time.