http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/20 … latestnewsMany of our “leaders” want to make America more like Europe. When President Obama was in Europe, he praised the “social safety net that exists in almost all of Europe that doesn't exist in the United States."
Vice president Joe Biden called paying higher taxes "patriotic."
Europe does have a bigger “social safety net.” But the gain comes with pain: Europe’s higher taxes and bigger government lead to slower job growth and higher unemployment. Politicians always claim that the safety-net will be limited to “necessities for the truly needy,” but such government programs always grow.
An article in today's UK Daily Mail illustrates how over time, welfare states begin to offer monstrous entitlements:
A single mother-of-six is getting more than £80,000 [$125,000] a year from the taxpayer to live in a £2million mansion in an exclusive London suburb.
Essma Marjam, 34, is given almost £7,000 a month in housing benefits to pay the rent on the five-bedroom villa just yards from Sir Paul McCartney's house and Lord's cricket ground.
She also receives an estimated £15,000 a year in other payouts, such as child benefit, to help look after her children, aged from five months to 14.
The four-storey house in Maida Vale has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double living room... two large flat-screen televisions ...
Welfare fraud? No -- the government stands by the payments:
Miss Marjam said: 'I moved here at the beginning of the month as I'm entitled to a five-bedroom house.
'I was in a three-bedroom council house but I needed a bigger place once my new baby came along. So the council agreed to pay the £1,600 a week to a private landlord as they didn't have any houses big enough...
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said..."Only a very small minority of people receive such high rates of housing benefit."
And here I thought my free golf cart from the US government was a grotesque scam. Serious freeloaders should move to England.
Exception rather than the rule, right?