Holy cow, I wrote a book!
A few years ago,
Gudrun Schyman, then-leader of
Sweden's left-wing party, Vänsterpartiet ("The Left Party"),
forced to resign
after it was revealed that
she had been cheating on her taxes for at least five years,
specifically by claiming fake deductions.
This was particularly ironic because,
as the left-wing party,
Vänsterpartiet is heavily pro-taxation.
The latest news from Sweden comes from the opposite end of the
The far right-wing party
Sverigedemokraterna ("The Sweden Democrats"),
which has an anti-immigrant platform,
have complained that 10% of immigrants live on government assistance,
double the rate of native Swedes.
did some legwork and calculated that
nearly 20% of Sverigedemokraterna members live on
government assistance, and over a third receive partial government
and less sensationally written.)
If you dare to click through to the Swedish version, I can at least
try to translate the
The left hand column shows the average annual income of members of the
various parties (sd = Sverigedemokraterna) in Swedish kronor.
The right hand column shows the percentage of members with, um,
something; having trouble translating.
It literally means "payment notices" but I'm not sure what that means.
The white boxes marked "Riket" show the national averages.
And the little graph in the lower left corner shows the percentage
of sd members (compared to the national average) who owe money
Swedish Enforcement Authority,
which collects fines, fees, taxes, legal judgments,
and similar monetary obligations.
No scandal article from Aftonbladet
is complete without some mean-spirited fun,
and in this case, they decided to
add some new data to a bar chart
taken from one of Sverigedemokraterna's political pamphlets.
There's plenty of hypocrisy in United States politics, too.