Coming soon to a theater near you?

October 1, 2011

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.

9 Responses to Coming soon to a theater near you?

  1. Those weren't bran muffins, Brainiac... on October 1, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Romans 1:18-32…

  2. anonymous un-RINO on October 1, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Nothing to pay attention to in the UK. It’s long gone. Its present “Conservative” government is to the Left of Obambi, and welfare benefits are already easy as pie for East European immigrants to glom on to. Heck, it’s very easy for them to show up in the UK, and register their children back home for UK benefits, to be sent back home to them. Think about that for a second.

    This is all a non-story. It’s just Cameron and the torybots putting this into the papers to look tough, as they “fight” this bogus EU court, but finally surrender and give them exactly what they want. It’s the equivalent of a RINO here talking “conservative”, then signing off on ObamaCare, or amnesty. In fact, it IS amnesty and ObamaCare, except we haven’t fully surrendered on that here yet. The “Conservative” Party long ago surrendered to that in the UK.

    No need to wait for anything to happen in the UK. It’s long ago happened. They’re going down… and soon.

  3. anonymous un-RINO on October 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

    And remember, the EU is holding the banksters in Londonistan hostage. The “Conservative” party in Londonistan doesn’t want their Londonistan bankster paymasters to get hurt, if the PIIGS default on their sovereign debt, and thus the EUcrats in Brussels are using that leverage to stick it to the UK in total, and force them all to submit to EU totalitarianism, fully and completely.

    That’s what happens when you submit to total bankster control of your government, and sign off on the “too big to fail” nonsense. When Welfare Queenie and the other RINOs were in here a couple years ago screeching for bailouts to the Wall Street investment bankster sharks, screaming that the world was gonna end if the sharks went bankrupt, many of us told them that moral hazard and proper citizen control of government meant that those banks SHOULD be allowed to go bankrupt.

    But the RINOs said “no”. How’s that all working out for you, RINOs? Those banks spreading around all that cash you’ve been and still are handing out to your bankster friends? All those jobs being created? Economy improving?

    Oh that’s right, you RINOs and your soulmate Obambi “saved the world”. It would have been “worse” if you hadn’t helped Obambi and Schumer and Bernanke bail out those banksters.

    Take a look at the UK. It’s in even WORSE shape than we are, because they went even DEEPER into RINOism than you dopes did here.

    You RINOs bailed out your bankster buddies, then Obambi one-upped you and bailed out Government Motors, and now Solyndra and God knows who else. And of course, we can’t allow any of your buddies to fail, so now we have to keep this ENTIRE house of cards afloat. It’s all too big to fail now.

    Fecking RINO idiots. Yes, take a look at the UK. When those idiot UK banksters go down… when the first bank fails there… get ready for we conservatives to throw you RINOs into the gutter where you belong… because we’re not going to support any more of your stupidity… by bailing out out your buddies here or there.

  4. artist on October 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Policies have consequences.

    Euro trash are indeed going down.

    Pass the popcorn.

    We will go down too but much of the carnage/chaos will be in big leftist cities.


  5. rightwingyahoo on October 1, 2011 at 6:53 am

    But the RINOs said “no”. How’s that all working out for you, RINOs? Those banks spreading around all that cash you’ve been and still are handing out to your bankster friends? All those jobs being created? Economy improving?

    Hell of a post, un-RINO….the whole thing.

  6. Steve on October 1, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Hell of a post, un-RINO….the whole thing.

    Absolutely right RWY… Great post un-RINO :mrgreen:

    Another reason why the weakling jellyfish ®’s need to shake off their craven fears and do the ONE thing that could actually help. REJECT establishment Rinos and their failed Rino ideology at every possible opportunity. Demand Conservative principles from these Rino hacks, or boldly take steps to help kick ’em to the curb

  7. Steve on October 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Dick Durbin says dems don’t have votes in the Democrat controlled Senate to pass 0bama’s faux “jobs bill”. Everyone can see through 0bama’s transparent fraud and idiocy. Hmm, …I guess he kept his promise on ‘transparency’ after all.

  8. ken_phd on October 1, 2011 at 11:13 am


    There’s a good article about the the rise and fall of Barack Obama at the Weekly Standard. Worth a read.

  9. utahprez on October 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Thanks, ken.