Maybe – if Obama is reelected in 2012.
Obama has arguably put the US on a path to the European model of democratic socialism with his tax and spend policies and gargantuan social programs, Obamacare chief among them. If we want to understand where this path leads, the policies of the European Union vs those of the UK is an interesting study. The UK is undoubtedly far more socialistic than America but the EU is going back to its communist roots.
The EU has broken the bank due to their welfare state. What prosperous countries like Germany have finally figured out is that they only were seduced into the EU because their success and productivity could help pay for the welfare state mentality of those countries with far less economic success, i.e. Greece, Spain and Portugal.
An example of how far the European welfare state extends can be found in Denmark:
But the European welfare system — largely put in place during the high-growth years following World War II — is under economic and demographic pressure. And the recent debt crisis is shaking the foundations of the European Union’s shared social vision.
Anders Dalsager and Margit Larsen (shown here with their daughter, Astrid) are graduate students at the University of Copenhagen. They were able to have a child even though they don’t have jobs, thanks to subsidies from the Danish government.
Anders Dalsager and Margit Larsen are graduate students at the University of Copenhagen. Like all Danish students, they study for free and receive a monthly stipend equivalent to about $900 per person from the government.
On a recent day, the married couple walked to pick up their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Astrid, from the campus kindergarten.
Dalsager and Larsen say they were able to afford having a child, even though they don’t yet have jobs, because the government also gives them a child care subsidy.
“As a regular student, you get five years of support, and then if you have a child, you get extra support from the government — 12 months if it’s the mother and six months if it’s the father,” Dalsager says.
So is the EU emulating the behavior of more successful states? Why, no…they are busy trying to force the same disastrous policies that damned their economies onto the UK:
An alliance of European countries is rebelling against EU plans to make Britain open its doors to thousands of ‘benefit tourists’.
Ministers have joined forces with 12 other nations – including France, Germany and Denmark – angry at the European Commission’s threat to take the UK to court over rules which limit foreigners’ ability to claim benefits.
If the Commission gets its way, Britain could be hit with an extra £2.5billion in welfare payments, making it even harder to tackle our huge deficit.
At present the UK says that EU immigrants must have worked here previously, or have a decent chance of getting a job, before they can claim benefits.
But on Thursday Brussels gave the UK two months to scrap the rules, saying they infringe the ‘human rights’ of EU citizens.
It is feared the change could open the door to tens of thousands of Eastern Europeans who are currently deterred from coming here.
Benefits are much more generous in the West than among the former Soviet-dominated countries of the East.
Say hello to the future of America if we don’t stop this slow roll to Marxism. This is the same redistributive theory behind Obama’s tax policies and his health insurance “reform” – force the producers into a scheme as generators of funds to pay for those who can’t…or won’t.
Think it can’t happen here? It already has. As John Hinderaker of Powerline points out, the decision was made in 1969:
In 1969, the United States Supreme Court held in Shapiro v. Thompson that a state’s one-year residency requirement as a condition for receiving welfare benefits was unconstitutional because it burdened the citizen’s right to travel freely within the United States. As a result, for years welfare offices in Chicago offered to buy clients a one-way bus ticket to Minneapolis. While Shapiro and subsequent decisions to a similar effect caused some grumbling, the principle on which they were decided is easy to understand and ultimately, I think, right. After all, the people the courts were talking about were Americans.
Hinderaker rightly points out the difference that “the people the courts were talking about were Americans” but with our court’s penchant to use precedent as a vehicle to create new laws combined with our porous borders, how long will it be before the same principle that the EU espouses is applied in the American welfare state?
The “tax the rich” meme isn’t really working except in the segment of the population who don’t currently pay income tax and we now know definitively that Obamacare “bends the cost curve” on health care – just in the wrong direction – and we know that it will apply to illegal aliens.
The signature legislation of the Obama Administration, the Affordable Care Act, came under damaging assault Wednesday from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey that found it has already partially contributed to increasing health care costs.
The Kaiser survey helps to shed some light on why so few employers are hiring, as health care costs for employers are spiraling upwards.
The survey found that insurance premiums rose by 9 percent in 2011. Healthcare costs for a single worker went up on average from $5,049 to $5,429, and for a family, costs rose from $13,770 to $15,073, on average.
The survey also found that some provisions of the Affordable Care Act already in place — including the allowance for young people up to 26 years of age to remain on their parent’s insurance policy — contributed to 20 percent of that increase.
Pay attention to the EU vs the UK – it is a “B” grade horror movie that could be coming soon to a theater near you.