It is completely understandable that David Cameron wants to limit welfare access of recent immigrants. But the bigger problem is that welfare dependency is a bad thing in itself, whether one is a recent immigrant or a long-standing citizen
Welcome to Britain and Europe's Welfare Jihad. It's one thing to commit economic suicide by allowing people to loaf around on state benefits. It's quite another to pay them to start blowing up modern society. Civilisational suicide, anyone?
There was a time when (New) Labour was open to learning lessons from America. If they weren't now just a bunch of populist welfare pimps they'd see that the welfare state helps bureaucrats, and is a disaster for the poor
When you add together the panoply of redistribution programs operated by government, it’s easy to see why far too many people are being trapped in government dependency. When you untrap them, you get jobs, as Britain shows
Any type of pay-as-you-go welfare state becomes increasingly expensive when there are more and more old people and fewer and fewer young workers. See the killer graph showing why some nations are doomed
Television reality shows in Britain exposing welfare fraud are getting the mass explosion in UK welfare on the agenda. The squishy Cameron government is at least under pressure for change. America needs that too
Mainly, your preconceptions about welfare basket case countries will be right. Yes. The proportion of GDP spent on welfare in France is phenomenal. But the trend in that direction in the US and Britain will knock you off your chair too
Simply stated, government is a racket that benefits the DC political elite by taking money from average people in America (it's the same in Europe too). Corrupt insiders are using your money to buy their Christmas presents