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Tag Archives: Welfare State

The young can’t fund the old. Our entitlement state no longer works. This is perhaps the West’s greatest challenge.

When I was in college one of the first op-eds I ever wrote was on Social Security in the college newspaper. I argued that with the the baby boom generation getting ready to retire (this was the late 1990s) we college students (of a smaller generation) faced a real problem. There were going to be an awful lot of retirees out there counting on Social Security with fewer people actively contributing to the general economy. (And to Social Security.)

The argument I made was of course not solely my own. Many people had made the argument before me and many people have since. I said that we needed to radically reform Social Security and phase it out over a few years.

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Is Sweden a model for the United States? It has universal school choice, that’s pretty good.

Sweden, as the attached video explains is like a club or a small town. Everyone speaks the same language (which is only spoken in Sweden). People share the same religion. They share, for the most part the same ethnicity. So the Swedish welfare state model is a cozy one without much of the pluralistic strife endemic to the United States or for that matter other countries like India or Brazil.

Everyone knows your name in Sweden, and that name is Sven.

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If you live in these states you have a 1 in 5 chance of being on food stamps

For a large swathe of the middle of the country the recession lingers on big time. But a couple of other things to consider as we look at these numbers is the degree to which food stamps have become deeply ingrained in the very culture of some areas, and also the degree to which a low cost of living in some parts means that a larger portion of the population qualifies for such assistance. The two factors probably compound each other. Then a poor economy just amplifies the dependence even more.

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Obama says, don’t worry, we won’t deport you if you sign up for Obamacare

On illegal immigration I am of mixed opinion. On the one hand I believe that someone who is willing to work hard and to contribute to society and the economy, who is looking to make a better life for him or herself and his or her family is someone we should welcome to our country.  We should respect the pursuit of happiness.

On the other hand we should also respect the rule of law, and for good or ill, we have immigration laws in this country.

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Do “You Have The Right To Health Care, Education, Housing, And Food At All Times?”

Are these rights?

No one wants anyone to be sick, uneducated, unhoused, or hungry. But are they rights? And if they are, is the government to provide these things? I think that is exactly what Melissa Harris-Perry in this promotional video for MSNBC wants us to conclude. That government has the obligation to intervene in all aspects of life if it perceives injustice, or simply perceives something it doesn’t like. The government is filled with people who think like Ms. Harris-Perry of course.

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