Skip to comments.Germany fears revolution if Europe scraps welfare model
Posted on 05/28/2013 5:20:45 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, and dropping the continent's welfare model in favor of tougher U.S. standards would spark a revolution.
If U.S. welfare standards were introduced in Europe, "we would have revolution, not tomorrow, but on the very same day," Schaeuble told a conference in Paris.
In recent weeks Germany, wary of a backlash as many in crisis-hit European countries blame it for austerity, has taken steps to tackle unemployment in the bloc, striking bilateral deals with Spain and Portugal.
"We have to rescue an entire generation of young people who are scared. We have the best-educated generation and we are putting them on hold. This is not acceptable," Italian Labour Minister Enrico Giovannini said.
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You might get one even if you don’t, as the ration of takers overcomes the makers.
US standards are “tough”?
If US standards are tough then God help us. The Germans make it sou d like there is a choice. The Welfare State model is collapsing. There is no keeping it.
...note to my European friends....buy your personal ammunition now....
Imposed socialism doesn't work - it never has, and never will.
The only 'Socialism' that worked for a short while was when the early Christians in Acts voluntarily pooled their goods together (Acts 2:44-45 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.). Of course their 'government' was led by Christ and the Holy Spirit... We and Europe, on the other hand, are led by followers of Satan.
The two classes of people that benefit most from welfare are the rich and poor.
End all forms of welfare now.
Wow. I knew U.S. standards were pretty liberal, but that seems a little over the top. ;-)
It is the grim end to a decades-long social experiment. How do you wean a dependent class your policies deliberately created? Especially when you don't really have a choice? You can't "provide" jobs unless it's day labor on civic construction projects - the Emperors of the late Western Roman Empire managed to buy a lot of time doing that, but they had the legions to back them up. You can't just cut them off. Cutting the benefits down only serves to lengthen the anger and intensify the inevitable rupture.
There's really only one thing for a Ruling Class to do in this situation: steal everything it can and build a safe haven somewhere out of the free-fire zone. And hope that no one comes a-knocking. I understand that there are some very fine dachas available near the Black Sea. Perhaps the Russians might provide them, and security too...for a price. Think of it as a business opportunity.
His error is in assuming that it would just happen one day. The truth is that such reform must be gradual.
Since small business combined is the largest employer in most nations, such a move should be initiated with a serious reduction in the bureaucratic and tax obstacles to entrepreneurship.
Europe needs to discard the mindset of “That which is not expressly permitted in the law is forbidden”, and adopt a much more business friendly, Common Law attitude of “That which is not expressly *forbidden* in the law is legal.”
This simple concept could double the German GDP in a decade, and slash employment to five percent or less.
When welfare is slashed by *attrition*, there are far fewer complaints except among those who profit from managing a welfare state.
Does “youth” mean here what it usually means?
socialism needs to be swept into the ash-bin of history.
They think the US doesn’t have welfare?
Are they that ignorant?
Pay me now, or pay me later, as the transmission commercial says.
German revolution? What could go wrong?
For the record: Europe does not have a capitalist economy. The Treaty of Lisbon officially declares the EU has “social market economy”, or soft fascism.
see for example:
SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY EXPLAINED IN A SIMPLE WAY
Voluntary is the key word. Our lefties want us to be more like Europe and whenever some country there fails it’s something other than the welfare state. They use some cherry picked examples to prove the success of socialism, but the cause is always something other than socialism.
I think if measured in human potential lost, the poor would riot. They don’t understand the collar socialism places on them.
Poor Maya Angelou doesn’t know why the caged bird sings. It sings [votes] for its supper.
They raised several generations of helpless and hopeless hot house flowers, who can’t survive outside in the real world.
In defense of the German — the socialist welfare model has existed in Germany longer than anywhere else in Europe.
It was introduced by Bismarck during the 1870s.
Germans have been spoiled for five generations.
Just as the US over the past 20 years has taken a turn left, former left countries like China, India etc. are turning right....
“We have to rescue an entire generation of young people who are scared.”
You have to rescue an entire generation of young people who think that the State owes them a living.