Britain can no longer afford its welfare state. The handouts are equal the amount received in income taxes. With income taxes taken up by welfare payments, how do they pay for all the other expenses in this, as Peter Hitchens puts it, attempt to substitute the State for the married family which is at the heart of the political revolution which began 50 years ago and is now reaching its sad and bankrupt end.
Everything else, the NHS, schools, transport, police, defence, interest on the debt (nearly £50 billion a year, by the way) must be paid for by other taxes, including the vast sums raked in by so-called ‘National Insurance’, or by more borrowing.
As we are more or less bankrupt as a country, such generosity is not noble but plain idiotic. Yet we will not stop doing it. Change is politically impossible. [snip]
The very idea that people should provide for themselves has become a horrible heresy, a barbaric view that no civilised person can hold. We’ll see.
My own guess is that a hurricane of inflation will, over the next ten years, rip the welfare state up by the roots and leave us impoverished, diminished and baffled, wondering what happened to us.
Here’s what we spend...
The above could have been written about the United States. We are there. Will people finally see that this cannot continue? When? What damage will be done before we reach that point?
Go read the full article and see all the facts and figures. Then say "ditto USA".