Skip to comments.In France's Welfare State Status Quo, Are We Seeing America's Future?
Posted on 12/12/2012 6:41:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obamas domestic policies. There has been a surge in American citizens on welfare over the last four years, including a 50-percent increase in people on food stamps (from 32 to 47 million). It is a form of welfareship.
As a citizen of France, I know such a society very well. France has 60 years of experience with entrenched welfare policies, beholden to a kind of welfareship. It is a democratic society based heavily on welfare, and distrusting the values of free markets.
In 2009, 11.2 million French persons received welfare payments, out a total population of 65.3 million. This amounted to $78 billion in payments. Moreover, these 11 million beneficiaries have families (parents, spouses, children); thus, more than 35 million people are actually benefiting directly or indirectly from welfare payments, which is more than 50 percent of the French population. If this rate were applied to America, about 157 million Americans would be relying on welfare.
Owing to the amount of money poured into welfare, should it be expected that there is a social return on investment and that the living conditions of French citizens are improving? In other words, does this welfareship work?
Lets consider three indicators: the poverty rate; the Active Solidarity Income, which is Frances most important welfare payment; and a private nationwide charity called Restos du Coeur, i.e., Restaurants of the Heart.
First, the poverty rate: In 1990, 13.8 percent of the French population was poor; in 2009, the percentage was almost unchanged at 13.5 percent. In 20 years, poverty did not decrease, despite all the welfare payments.
Second, the Active Solidarity Income, which symbolizes Frances welfare system: It has replaced a previous payment called the Minimum Income for Insertion.
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IT IS ALREADY HERE; I have seen several examples quoted in the media.
Lessons taught, but never learned. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.