The only places where this has worked are Nordic countries, my guess is because of their cultures. It seems everywhere else that has tried to institute these types of laws are having crisis with budgets/destroying their economies
Well, don't know what to say about him. But, I can tell you from first hand experience that the islands are disappearing. So, I didn't even bother with the link. If it's raining outside and some posts a link saying otherwise even though you can see it right in your face.... I don't think you would give them much credit either.
And to add on, the Maldives is seriously suffering from rising oceans. The whole populace is in negotiations to purchase land from Australia for it's citizens to move to.... And it's not at risk? Population growth or not, it doesn't dismissed the problem. People will return to there Homes o matter what for the most part.
You haven't been to South-east asia have you... Apple resellers are just about everywhere Its hard to find someone who doesn't have an iPhone and its common for someone to own an iPad. elderly cleaning ladies own iPhones here.
Even so, they still pay less taxes than people in the US... When was the last time the US government gave anything to it's people? Yet the US has a higher tax rate than most countries, even countries where everything is provided.