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Response to jamzrockz (Reply #63)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 01:23 AM

68. Any increase of that magnitude would be implemented gradually.

I don't know what "distortion" it is you fear. Compensating people for their labor with a living wage is not a distortion, it is a correction.

And yes, a can of Coke will set you back $4 in Denmark, but staples like rice and milk are about the same, as is rent for a modest apartment. http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=United+States&country2=Denmark

And keep in mind the two big ticket items that put Americans in bankruptcy are free in Denmark, namely healthcare and education. So, even with the higher grocery and restaurant bills, Danes still have a lot of spending money.

I traveled through Denmark and it was a wonderful, clean, beautiful place, particularly Copenhagen. I saw no homeless and everyone seemed to be busily going about their day, happy. I was also struck by how few obese people I saw (maybe it was the $4 Cokes!).

Sadly, the weather is brutal, with long, dark winters. I could never live there year round. Southern California is my home. But there is no reason why we can't have what Denmark has, less the frigid winters.

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