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Jay Evensen: Estonia's success holds lessons for the U.S.

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  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    April 4, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Lots of lessons to be learned from Estonia. A national health insurance system (single payer)works beautifully, and is totally integrated with the public hospital system. An education system ranked in the world's top ten (we are 37th, and Utah is a mediocrity even here). A 6% debt because they have no vast war budget. Yes, we could learn a lot from Estonia.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    flat tax huh?

    hear that barack?

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    April 4, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    Jay missed a big point in the article about Estonia. The estonians have an abundant energy source which they use to produce most of their electricity. It is the stuff called oil shale. They have been burning it for 40 years. Recently the country spent millions of dollars to acquire several thousand acres, prime oil shale reserves, in Uintah County, and are actively looking at how best to develop the property. Is a big story in and of itself.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    Jay, do you suppose that Estonia's success has something to do with their having been a socailist atate? Obviously yes. The Soviet block's practice of communism was not unitfom Stalinist gray. As we know the west had a lot to teach the east, but the reverse is also true, as you point out. Western economists are ineffective because most of them have never read any Marx whatsoever.

  • The Taxman Los Angeles, CA
    April 5, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    The article erroneously described Estonians tax system. Estonia does not have a flat tax; their system is similar to ours in allowing mortgage interest, charitable contributions, and other deductions. Gains from the sale of securities can be deferred. Does that sound like a flat tax system?

  • The Taxman Los Angeles, CA
    April 5, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    BTW - In addition to individual and corporate income taxes, Estonia also imposes VAT, excise taxes, property taxes, customs duties, taxes on gambling, and taxes on heavy vehicles.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    April 7, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Jay's apparently a closet technocrat who won't let private enterprise get in the way of competent government. Who knew?