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Debate Topic: Poltical/Economic Theory (Little Upsilon)

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Zetetic Elench dam Kahveh (Golden Rainbow)

Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 02:57 pm Click here to edit this post
JMR32, I must say, it doesn't surprise me overmuch that the Satisfaction with Life index is lower in the UK. We're pretty good at moaning about things.

I am also well aware of the problem of an ageing population in a socialist country. I fully expect to be working far longer than my parents before retirement in part as a result of that. The main reason why we in Britain are not in quite as bad a state as the rest of Europe is that we still have a fairly high influx of migrants. We can't rely on that forever though.

Our social welfare system is also shockingly generous and seriously needs to be cut back. Supposedly, there is a bloke in his early 20s, with something like 6 kids from 4 girls, all unemployed (obviously the babies are, but the 5 adults are too), and between them, they pull in something ridiculous like 200,000GBP per year in benefits (unemployment benefit, childcare benefit, single parent benefit, etc.).

THAT, combined with some shocking inefficiencies and demoralised workers in our Civil Service is the main reason why our current welfare system is unsustainable.

In response to your last paragraph, growth in population might not be necessary to support socialist policies. What is necessary, is a strong ratio of earners (tax payers) to non-earners (children, retirees, people on unemployment or incapacity benefit, etc.).

Zet

P.S. I'm slightly surprised that you have found many people celebrating the 4th of July in the UK. Seems strange for us to celebrate a revolution that decreased our Empire. Not that I'm bitter or anything ;-P Quite frankly, we would never have welcomed you back after your shocking disrespect to the Almighty Cup of Tea at the Boston Tea Party. (I should point out here, that I don't actually drink much tea, I'm more of a coffee man, myself.) However, I have celebrated Thanksgiving a few times with my American chums.

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