Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dutch Welfare State Unsustainable, King Willem-Alexander Declares


The Netherlands realizes that the European-style welfare state is totally unsustainable, at the same time that the increasingly-socialist U.S. just keeps digging itself in deeper.

You can't make this stuff up.

Seriously. We're a freakin' nightmare. To say nothing of the world's sickest joke under this administration

Blazing Cat Fur reports, "Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state":
King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.

In its place a "participation society" is emerging, in which people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets, with less help from the national government.

"The shift to a 'participation society' is especially visible in social security and long-term care," the king said, reading out to lawmakers a speech written for him by Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government.
So, the Dutch are announcing the aspirations toward a "participation society" based on personal responsibility, while the U.S. is consolidating a "dependency society" based on rapidly-expanding welfare-state freeloading and Democrat class-warfare demonization. That's real progress.