Steyn on the Welfare State

Greg Richards
The always inestimable Mark Steyn has what is, even by his high standards, an excellent column on NRO . He magnificently summarizes the dilemma of the welfare state; i.e., always depending on being able to access more contributors in succeeding generations to pay for excessive benefits to the current generation, and how this has come a cropper in Europe in general and Greece in particular, with the US of A not far behind:
By the way, you don't have to go to Greece to experience Greek-style retirement: The Athenian "public service" of California has been metaphorically face down in the ouzo for a generation.
He documents the argument with the fertility statistics that have informed one theme of his writing recently - the death of Europe - and with another theme, the moral decline of the citizenry when it is "cared for" by government:
Economic reality is not my problem. I want my benefits. And, if it bankrupts the entire state a generation fro now, who cares as long as they keep the checks coming until I croak?
The piece is called "When Responsibility Doesn't Pay" and it is well worth reading.  


The always inestimable Mark Steyn has what is, even by his high standards, an excellent column on NRO . He magnificently summarizes the dilemma of the welfare state; i.e., always depending on being able to access more contributors in succeeding generations to pay for excessive benefits to the current generation, and how this has come a cropper in Europe in general and Greece in particular, with the US of A not far behind:
By the way, you don't have to go to Greece to experience Greek-style retirement: The Athenian "public service" of California has been metaphorically face down in the ouzo for a generation.
He documents the argument with the fertility statistics that have informed one theme of his writing recently - the death of Europe - and with another theme, the moral decline of the citizenry when it is "cared for" by government:
Economic reality is not my problem. I want my benefits. And, if it bankrupts the entire state a generation fro now, who cares as long as they keep the checks coming until I croak?
The piece is called "When Responsibility Doesn't Pay" and it is well worth reading.