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CBS This Morning journalists on Tuesday spent an entire segment hyping the glories of Finland and the country's free stuff, chiding the United States for falling behind. With very little discussion on the nation's high taxes, reporter Holly Williams and the show’s hosts praised the country’s paid maternity leave, hospital care and even supposedly free nannies.
Reporting from Finland, Williams praised, “In Finland, you're guaranteed around four months paid maternity leave by law. And parents can split another six months paid parental leave.”
Context - Bianna - Golodryga - Idea - Kids
Without offering much context, co-host Bianna Golodryga cheered the idea of dumping your kids in parks and handing them over to free nannies: “When I was there last summer, our tour guide told us women and families could just drop their kids off in the local park and they have paid nannies there where the kids go to work.”
Of course, liberal co-host Gayle King loved this: “I like how they are thinking In Finland.”
Finland - People - United - States - One
Finland has 5.5 million people. The United States has 325 million. No one seemed to think about the practicality of how transferring such massive entitlements to America would work. It wasn’t until the very end of the segment that co-host Bianna Golodryga noted that Finland is a “a much smaller country.”
The issue of taxes seemed of little concern to the CBS journalists. Finland’s personal income tax rate in Finland stands at 51.60 percent, according to Trading Economics. The sales tax is 24 percent. Talking to a Finnish doctor, Aydin Tekay, such concerns were dismissed as “politics”:
HOLLY - WILLIAMS - Finland - Country - US
HOLLY WILLIAMS: Can what Finland is doing be replicated in a country like the U.S.?
DOCTOR AYDIN TEKAY: Definitely.
WILLIAMS - Reason - US
WILLIAMS: You're saying there's no reason that the U.S. can't achieve this?
TEKAY: No, no reason, just politics, I think. Politics, yeah.
Co-host - Norah - O'Donnell - America - Benefits
Co-host Norah O’Donnell snidely commented on how America doesn’t provide all these benefits: “And...
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