Liberals always point to Norway to promote their happy socialist dreams. Their "tax the rich to death" mentality is just what the liberal doctor ordered. But take a closer look and it's another liberal illusion or dear I say LIE!!! Norway got rich off of oil - FACT: Norway is the 5th largest export of oil in the world. FACT: They export more barrels per person than Saudi Arabia. FACT: They drill in every and any place they can find oil, including offshore and deep sea. FACT: Having a tiny population and HUGE oil supplies that you utilize (much like Qatar does), leads to a surplus in cash. FACT: It's not the tax the rich that makes Norway rich it, their exporting of oil ways. They have Regressive TAXATION- FACT: Norway's top 10% make 28.9% of the income but pay only 27.4% of taxes! FACT: The U.S. has the most progressive tax structure of advanced economies. FACT: in the US the top 10% make 33.5% of the income but pay 45.1% of the taxes. FACT: The middle class of Norway pay FAR MORE share of the tax burden than the US middle class. Cutting the Government you say - FACT: Norway spent 39.8% of GDP. FACT: U.S. was spending 39.2%, almost exactly the same. FACT: France was spending 53.3% then. FACT: Norway has been cutting the size of its government from 51.6% of GDP in 1992 to a low of 39.8% in 2008. FACT: Roughly equivalent to the US federal government of the U.S. cutting its spending in half!