From DAVE SMITH
Those of you who do not read the Ukiah Daily Journal didn’t see a response to my recent Letter to the Editors, Pursuing Happiness. My original letter is reposted, and then the response. I didn’t want you to miss it… ;-)
To The Editors:
Are you happy? Chances are, if you live here in the United States, you are not. Despite the enshrinement in our Declaration of Independence of the phrase “Pursuit of Happiness” as one of the sovereign rights of mankind, we are way down on the list of the happiest countries in the world. In fact, we are not even in the Top 10.
According to a study by “24-7 Wall Street” that looked into the OECD’s Better Life Index to determine what the happiest nations on the planet are, it turns out that the happy nations spend far more of their GDP on social programs than we do here in America. The study examined quality of life things such as health, education, housing, the environment, jobs, community, work life, and income to figure out what truly makes a nation happy.
Old, stable nations of northern Europe took five of the top 10 spots on the list. These include the “socialist” Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark, all way happier than we are down the list at number 19.
Does it surprise you that the happiest nation, Denmark, also has the highest taxes of all?
As we are continually warned and berated by the tiresome scolds in our local opinion columns and letters to the editor to fear those who hold firm on providing a basic social safety net for the least among us, we must ask ourselves what motivates such a steadfast and determined assault on our personal and community happiness.
Love it or leave it
To the Editor:
After reading local left winger Dave Smith’s latest letter to the editor titled “Happy?” I get the feeling that Mr. Smith is just not content living in the United States of America. Such a tragedy. Mr. Smith tells us that Northern European Nations make up 5 of the top 10 “Happiest” nations while America rates only 19th.
I would like to propose a solution to Mr. Smith’s dilemma. He should pack up his little book and seed store and move to Denmark, a country he seems to greatly admire. Then Mr. Smith will undoubtedly have some happiness in his life and I guarantee that those of us who are growing weary of Mr. Smith’s whiney, prosocialist views will be overjoyed. Oh, and if you go there, have fun paying the taxes Davey.