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What you do is your choice. Not everyone measures wealth in dollars http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satisfaction_with_Life_Index

That's an index premised on the hypothesis that "happiness" correlates in significant part with "access to education". It's unsurprising that Sweden does better on that index than the US, while doing poorer on others. That feels cherry picked.

No, it's an index based on asking people how they feel. From one of the sources of the wikipedia article: "Participants in the various studies were asked questions related to happiness and satisfaction with life". The health/wealth/education correlations aren't actually part of the index, they're just comparisons made afterwards to help understand what improves happiness.

I only picked that specific one since it was the first google result for my search terms.

Shhh... don't bring up those crazy ideals here. We all know that the end all and be all of the world is the free market's sociopathic fundamental that "more money, and more money alone, always means better".

Of course not. We know that Obama and Nancy Pelosi know how to spend our money better than we do.

If you find yourself typing "Pelosi" or (usually) even "Obama" on HN, you're doing something wrong. I didn't just downmod this comment; I flagged it. It was unworthy of 'yummyfajita's parent comment. If you're going to call people names and write DailyKos/RedState-style comments, you can safely assume 'yummyfajitas is going to represent your views here more thoughtfully than you and save yourself the trouble.

And most people don't measure wealthy by what some dingbat socialist says.

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