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Dutch Women Don’t Get Depressed

“Personal choice is key: in the Netherlands people are free to choose their life partners, their religion, their sexuality, we are free to use soft drugs here, we can pretty much say anything we like. The Netherlands is a very free country.” -Ellen de Bruin

So it seems this country is, actually, heaven.

“…the Dutch women…take a lackadaisical approach to their careers. They work half days, meet their friends for coffee at 2 p.m., and pity their male colleagues who are stuck in the office all day.”

That’s according to this article from Slate which GDNAL sent to me.

According to the book I stole the title of this post from,

“68 percent of Dutch women work part time, roughly 25 hours a week, and most probably do not want a full-time job.”

Multiple studies have been done on the Dutch women. The UN thought for awhile that something was preventing Dutch women from fully participating in the economy.  They investigated. The conclusion? (From the NIS News Bulletin)

“Attempts to get more women working full-time are doomed to failure because nobody has a desire for this. Both the women themselves and their partners and employers are satisfied with the Dutch part-time culture for women.”

Check Mate?

“Read my lips, no new taxes.” -George Bush

GDANL writes a piece focusing on the country’s debt, responding to the midterm election results.  An awful lot of the newly elected Representatives and Senators focused their campaign on the ballooning national debt.  That much, I think, is good.  We do need to talk about the debt.

However, they don’t seem to have any real solutions.  GDNAL discusses the debt and the federal budget much better than I can and sums up his analysis:

“You have basically three choices—you can raise taxes; you can modify all the existing laws that provide benefits to the elderly, health care to the aged and poor children, federal employee and soldier pensions; or you can let the federal government default on its debt, creating total chaos on the worldwide economy.  Your move, guys.”

Think you can do it better? Try the New York Time deficit puzzle, where you can try to solve the deficit problem.  I did.

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