Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Everybody Must Get Estonia

The AP reports:

President Bush says the United States should have a simpler tax system. Apparently he has found one he likes — Estonia's. In a brief stop in the Baltic nation on Tuesday, Bush managed to tout Estonia's flat income tax three times.


"I appreciate the fact that you got a flat tax, you got a tax system that's transparent and simple," he said.

Well, he certainly knows of simple things. In addition to Estonia not having paid $345 billion to turn Iraq into a slaughterhouse (oh, excuse me, Saddam killed people too, so it's ok what we've done), here are a few other figures to consider:

Estonia GDP 2004 = $19.23 billion (world rank #109)
USA GDP 2004 = $11.75 trillion (world rank #1)

Estonia average income = $8124/year
USA average income = $36,264/year

Estonia population = 1.3 million
USA population = 300 million

That makes us almost the same country! (I really never want to see Bush's score on the analogies part of the SAT. Darn good thing he was a legacy or the closest Bush ever would have got to Yale was eating pizza at Pepe's.)


Anonymous Mike said...

We're not the same country, but this latest sojourn tells us that Geirgie thinks Estonia & Latvia are the real NATO powerhouses.

Without their help, how can we continue to win & win & . . . uhhh, win in Iraq?

9:44 AM  
Blogger George said...

Actually, I want to say hi to all the folks dropping in from Estonia since I made this entry.


3:05 PM  
Anonymous Mihkel said...

I just want to ask how long have you been independent? Estonia has been independent for about 15 years. We have had to build up our country from nothing. And I think that we have done a pretty good job of it. Flat tax has helped a lot. It´s easy to understand and cheating proof. Probably some form of it would be great for the USA too.

1:04 PM  
Blogger George said...


I meant no slight to Estonia. What I meant was assuming what's good for a country much smaller (in both population and economics) than the U.S. isn't probably good for the U.S.

I did mean a big slight (sorry for the oxymoron) towards our own president.

1:31 PM  

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