Democrats, it's time to give up your obsession with Denmark

Are high taxes and huge public subsidies the key to utopia? Maybe not.

Idyllic Copenhagen?
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As Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy described himself, "Ain't no thing like me, except me." Same goes for America, an ethnically diverse, immigrant nation of 320 million with the largest, most technologically advanced economy on the planet. Ain't no country like the United States, except the United States. And certainly, as Hillary Clinton noted in this week's Democratic presidential debate, "we are not Denmark" — a nation the size of Maryland with the population of Atlanta, nearly 90 percent of Danish descent.

We are also not Norway or Sweden, likewise small, ethnically homogeneous nations. Yet many progressive Democrats, including Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders, argue America should model itself on Scandinavia and its egalitarian social democracies. "I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people," Sanders said during the debate, prompting Clinton's retort.

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