Also, according to friends I have in Finland and Sweden, the people who pay tax all get to "reap the rewards" in terms of some benefits and rebates (I am not talking about road, schools, police, etc). So maternity leave and childcare benefits are pretty much the same or similar for everyone. Unlike here where one person pays $80 per day at daycare after CCR and one person pays $40 for the same daycare as they get CCB too.
They tell me that this means there is basically no "my tax dollar" resentment.
But as I have also said several times, the vast majority of people work in these countries, even those with children. People go back after maternity leave and the concept of a long term SAHP is much rarer than here. This is why it works. People work, they contribute, they reap the benefits when needed. The Govt's there wouldn't be able to sustain such awesome benefits without the cash to do so. That's just a fact.
Obviously benefits are there for those who fall into hard times when needed and to clarify I am NOT talking about that. I am talking about paid parental leave and cheap/free and available childcare, things like that.
I'd be interested to know if an Australian SAHP would rather live in a Scandinavian country where they would be expected to work? Or would they just like to live somewhere where others pay higher taxes that they see the benefit of? Sorry to be so blunt but I don't know how else to word it.
Assuming access to family friendly hours of work is easier than here which I understand it is.