Nothing is free, nothing costs zero, everything has a price. The Danes are happy with their welfare state, they don’t mind paying high taxes in return for the state providing for them. Denmark has a population about the same as Colorado and ethnically about 86% Dane.
Who knows, perhaps Americans want to be taxed to live in a welfare state, but gee Senator just give the full story.
Here are some of the taxes the Danes pay.
Denmark’s progressive income tax tops out at 55.8%, and the average individual pays 45%. The Danes pay an 8% Danish labor market contribution tax, a 5% healthcare tax, 22.5% to 27.8% in municipal taxes, social security taxes of DKK 1,080 (USD 164) per year, and capital gains taxes of 27% or 42%. There is a withholding tax of 27% on dividends and 25% on royalties.
Plus Denmark has the second highest Value Added Taxes (VAT) in the EU at 25% on virtually all goods and services.