Have you noticed the new “I can’t believe it’s not butter” commercial? I didn’t either … at first. It was the words: Denmark was the first country to legally ban saturated fats that caught my attention.
I didn’t know that researchers have claimed for years that people in Denmark are happier than the rest of the world. They say it’s because the Danes are environmentally conscious, ride bikes everywhere they go, don’t have homeless people. Plus, if you lose your job the government pays 90 per cent of your salary for four years. Aaand health care is free, education is free …
Only we know that nothing in life is free, don’t we?
The beaming faces holding the containers in the ad are Danes, who live in a country of 5.5 million people; pay 53 per cent income taxes, the highest in the world; commit suicide in every age bracket more often than Americans; has more crime per capita than the U.S. and more crime victims. Denmark has more car theft, more drug crime, more fraud and more burglaries. One more really big crime: gasoline is nearly $10 a gallon. Suppose that may have something to do with all those bike riders?
When Oprah visited Denmark, she was sooo impressed; implied that we Americans aren’t civilized enough to see the light of European socialism. Really? Well, we are smart enough to know that the more the government giveth—the more the government can taketh away.
Did you see the home she visited? It was supposedly a two bedroom, one bath apartment. The kid’s room was actually a niche in the wall. Oprah was so taken aback, she had to crawl into the cranny. The mother’s bedroom was not a room at all, but a space where her bed was placed. The apartment was so small, Oprah couldn’t contain herself: “Where do you keep your things?”
“We don’t have things,” the mom responded.
Do you think Oprah is packing yet? Leaving “The Land of Unhappiness” for “The Garden of Eden?”
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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