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Civilized sensible socialism

By Nicholas Kristof

Opinion Columnist

NY Times

As millions of Americans struggle to get their unemployment benefits, pay rent and feed their children, consider someone who flips burgers at a McDonalds in Denmark. Starting pay is about $22 an hour once various allowances are considered, plus six weeks paid vacation a year, life insurance, a year’s paid maternity leave and a pension plan.
What’s more remarkable: Those workers are all still employed and on full pay, because of a government plan to keep people employed. Denmark managed the pandemic quite well, with much more testing and fewer deaths per capita than the United States, and it is now starting up the economy again, with unemployment estimated at 4 to 5 percent, one-fifth the level of the United States.

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