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?
You can't create wealth and lift people out of poverty by strangling the work ethic. But that is the favourite hobby of the political classes whose social populism has led to ballooning welfare programmes
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
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