Welfare States: What the Hell they good for? Absolutely nothin’

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The recent speeches by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and NATO General Anders Fogh Rasmussen highlight Europe’s growing dependence on American military power.  Europe is withering.  Suckling on the teet of the American hegemon, Brussels has enjoyed the protection of the world’s greatest power and yet at times has been so critical of American interventionism that many Europeans resemble the two grumpy old men from The Muppet Show, Statler and Waldorf, hurling insults from afar and yet never failing to buy tickets and watch the show.

What a crappy show these Americans put on!

We must ask what Europe’s welfare state has bought them.  A reluctance to spend on defense could be understood if in fact Europe’s quality of life were significantly better than Americas, but it’s not.  Europeans should ask their respective governments how high taxes, hyper-regulation, and an impoverished military industrial complex manifestly makes Europe stronger, it’s people safer or happier. 

 
Instead, Europe reaps the worst of both worlds.  It is both weak militarily and its economy cannot touch America’s.  This is testimony to the power of welfare.  It has the ability to make all a nation’s organs function with less robustness. 
 
At least the dental care is free. 
 
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2 thoughts on “Welfare States: What the Hell they good for? Absolutely nothin’

    www.wliiamgryan.mobi said:
    June 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Not so sure the ‘free’ dental care gets them much ;-). What’s weird is that this is so obvious, yet few want to see it. I get political implications, but at some point we usually stop before it gets suicidal – that’s not happening now – the only thing stopping the spending is lack of money. BTW, did you read Victor Davis Hansen’s article about the “Parasite” nature of the big govt crowd? It’s really interssting

    magus71 responded:
    June 24, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Bill,

    I didn’t read it , but I’ll look for it.

    Look at Greece. They’ve created generations of parasites that are now pulling much of Europe down. It’s really a good thing that the West doesn’t face a monolithic power of significant ability, at least at this point.

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