I've just come from Z's blog where there's a lively discussion, part of which is an argument (btwn. Frogburger & Ducky) about the cause of unemployment in Europe. And still another weave of the thread sports this bit about terrorism perpetrated by (guess who) 'Muslim youth' in suburban Paris - nightly car burnings, muggings, etc. Just garden variety crime; no harm, no foul... Hardly worth reporting, right?
My logic tells me there must be some correlation between European unemployment, civil unrest & Socialism (& maybe toss in a little terrorism, just for kicks?). As I see it, European-style Socialism has primed those pumps for decades (providing various social programs -look Ma, free health care!) and paved the way to this civil unrest.
I don't claim to be an especially business-headed thinker, but seems to me that governments who give People everything they need are CREATING their own cesspool of civil chaos. When a People is disincentivized toward striving for a better life: don't bother working, you'll still have everything you need (didn't Queen Pelosi say this recently?). Pursue your long-held passions! Don't worry about being productive. But should you choose to work and be productive...well, sorry. We'll swipe your wealth & spread it around. (Everybody's gotta eat, right?)
Sooner or later something's gonna give way: the Government cannot "sustain" that kind of behavior for long with other people's money. And then, everybody's gonna get @#$$%!, the 'haves' & the 'swiped-froms.' This is why Socialism is bad, bad, bad folks. It goes against the grain of our human need for being productive, and it ultimately sucks the life out of it's victims until there's no drive, productivity, fulfillment, jobs & no money left.
Don't believe me?
NEWS FLASH from Greece: from Investors.com
"Policy Failure: Greece was told that if it wanted a bailout, it needed to consider privatizing its government health care system. So tell us again why the U.S. is following Europe's welfare state model.
The requirement... is a tacit admission that national health care programs are unsustainable. Along with transportation and energy, the bailout group...wants the Greek government to remove 'the state from the marketplace in crucial sectors.'
This is not some cranky or politically motivated demand. It is a condition based on the ugly reality of government medicine. The Times reports that economists — not right-wingers opposed to health care who want to blow up Times Square — say liberalizing 'the health care industry would help bring down prices in these areas, which are among the highest in Europe.'
Of course most of the media have been largely silent about the health care privatization measure for Greece, as it conflicts with their universal, single-payer health care narrative."
And we ALL know what's happening in Greece right now over the 'austerity programs' (read: drastic cuts in bloated, treasury-sucking social programs). It only stood to reason, though...Attach a People to the government breast & nurse it for decades, sooner or later it'll be time to wean. And then the People are gonna screech like that squalling baby in the night who has been given a sippie cup instead of the breast. Only they'll be a lot bigger. And instead of cups they'll be heaving cocktails - molotav variety.
I quote again from the investor's.com article: "So tell us again why the U.S. is following Europe's welfare state model."
Reasonable question. No need for an indepth analysis of Entity Life History or Maximum Cardinality. Maybe I'm a business-headed thinker after all?
Nah, just plain old common sense.