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CNN Student News - 04/15/16. I'm an American living in Sweden. Here's why I came to embrace the higher taxes. I was visiting the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a 23-island archipelago in Lake Superior, when suddenly I found myself pining for Stockholm.

I'm an American living in Sweden. Here's why I came to embrace the higher taxes.

Why? Because standing on the boat dock in Bayfield, Wisconsin, I realized that the 23,000-island Stockholm archipelago is more accessible to me, an American, than my own 23-island national park. These wilderness islands with haunting sea caves are accessible only by tour boat at a cost of $151 for a family of two adults and three children. There is no free 15-minute ride across the strait to Basswood Island closest to the mainland, nor a $10 shuttle between the islands, as there would be in Sweden where a heavily subsidized ferry system makes the Stockholm archipelago available to all citizens — as well as to American tourists.

Swedish taxes are easy to pay, rational, and efficient. It seems that Americans would rather have inaccessibility to public places and crumbling infrastructure than pay more in taxes, right? 3) There is no property tax.

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U.S. History. See the Moving Photo of a Black Cop Helping a Man at KKK Rally. The most memorable image of a Ku Klux Klan rally in South Carolina Saturday undercut the group’s mission.

See the Moving Photo of a Black Cop Helping a Man at KKK Rally

When the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan rallied at the steps of the South Carolina statehouse to protest the removal of the Confederate flag, one older protester was affected by the heat. A photographer captured what happened next: Police Officer Leroy Smith, who is black, helped the protester, who was wearing a National Socialist movement T-shirt, up the stairs and out of the heat.

The photo, provided to the Associated Press by photographer Rob Godfrey, went viral Saturday night. Godfrey is the deputy chief of staff for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who pushed for the flag to be removed from the Capitol after a shooting at a Charleston church. Read Next: Watch the Emotional Speech That Helped Bring Down the Confederate Flag. Communism vs Socialism. In a way, communism is an extreme form of socialism.

Communism vs Socialism

Many countries have dominant socialist political parties but very few are truly communist. In fact, most countries - including staunch capitalist bastions like the U.S. and U.K. - have government programs that borrow from socialist principles. "Socialism" is sometimes used interchangeably with "communism" but the two philosophies have some stark differences. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system that can exist in various forms under a wide range of political systems. Economic differences between socialists and communists In a Socialist economy, the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy. For a Capitalist society to transition, the first step is Socialism. Political differences Socialism rejects a class-based society.

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The Draft. Mind Boggling Stuff. NSHS Teachers. P.O.D. CLASS. Economics. Seven states qualify for secession response from White House. The petitions for secession from the U.S. filed by Texas, Louisiana, and five other states have collected more than 25,000 signatures each, which the White House website says is enough for review and response.

I agree, I wish that all the states could – italiahanik
Pretty cool that Texas could support itself – grim7780
This is probably not going to happen in all honesty. I highly doubt we will end up going to war over such a petty thing. They are mad, who cares. So are 143615335343134 other people. Get over yourself Texas. Wait out the 4 years. – a.koontz
I have a feeling this isn't specific whatsoever. It'll blow over those dopey texans are too full of themselves. Like Spongebob once said,"DUH, IM FROM TEXAS...." And I think he was going somewhere..... – colt.45
I don't get why Florida would want to secede when they were a Democratic state. – brittanyperigo

WASHINGTON - Citizens from more than 40 states have filed petitions with the White House seeking to secede from the union, and by Wednesday, seven states had gathered enough signatures to qualify for a response to the largely symbolic protest.

Seven states qualify for secession response from White House

The petitions, which have been signed by a small percentage of state residents, have virtually no chance of succeeding. The United States' bloodiest conflict, the 1861-1865 Civil War, erupted after 11 states withdrew from the union. The White House has set up a "We the People" page on its website that allows Americans to file petitions on issues of concern. Over 13,000 petition White House to build a Death Star. The White House's nerd-delighting Death Star petition response. Justin Bieber deportation petition will be addressed by Obama administration. Sethobrien28. Tfkempo.