No taxation without celebration
"Northern Europeans are the happiest people on the planet, according to a new survey. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says people in Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands are the most content with their lives. The three ranked first, second and third, respectively, in the OECD's rankings of "life satisfaction," or happiness.
There are myriad reasons, of course, for happiness: health, welfare, prosperity, leisure time, strong family, social connections and so on. But there is another common denominator among this group of happy people: taxes. Northern Europeans pay some of the highest taxes in the world."
We can't find the OECD link, though we haven't looked that far. Combine this survey with this, and that gives food for thought.
Declaration: we don't advocate high (or low) tax - just the tax levels voters want. But we firmly oppose the kinds of knee-jerk anti-tax approaches that have become so popular in recent decades.