Europe is a collection of welfare states. We all understand this – on both sides of the Atlantic.
What seems to not be understood by majorities on either side is that no European nation pays its own defense costs, and that it is this, and this alone, which has allowed these states (and Japan) to become the welfare states they have become… and that they insist we allow them to continue to be, with OUR money.
Simply, in the trade-off between guns and butter, the arguably ill-advised continuation of the American defense umbrella once Britain and France had (and once Japan had the capability to build) their own nuclear deterrent has allowed the European nations to spend all their tax revenue on butter and none on defense. Because defense is the first priority of governments, and because money is fungible, essentially the American taxpayer has been footing the bill for European social welfare by paying Europe’s defense costs. These enormous welfare benefits in Europe also, and for the worse, have resulted in a welfare state so large as to effect behavior not conducive to the ability to pay for this welfare state over time: Europe has no children. Absent the discipline necessary to defend one’s nation, they also have decided no money need be spent on defense if it gets in the way of welfare… and we have enabled their making this decision by removing the consequences of not defending oneself.
Like citizens of the Blue states in the USA (none of which have a fertility rate of 2.1), subjects of the European welfare states have chosen to demand benefits that can only be paid by a continuing population to which they are unwilling to give birth. No European state has a fertility rate anywhere near the replacement rate of 2.1. The result in the US is that those living in Red states (which do have over a 2.1 fertility rate) are being forced to pay for – and their future offspring for generations to pay for – welfare benefits they adamantly do not want in order to provide these benefits to those who are not populating the taxpayer pool to pay for them.
This is immoral.
Europe, now demanding US-taxpayer-supported IMF funds (17% – our IMF quota – of $250 BILLION, or $42.5B taxpayer dollars), is making the same demands on the US taxpayer: that those Americans who reject the welfare state model, and who have fertility over 2.1, agree to finance – and for their unborn generations of offspring to finance for the generations necessary to pay-off this debt – selfish welfare state policies in states with subjects having demonstrably no interest in the future of their family, culture, society, nation or continent.
This is way past immoral.
And now Europe is going bankrupt, having — entirely predictably – run out of other people’s money. Too bad. Choosing their economy and lifestyle was Europe’s choice. If Europe won’t pay for it via what we all know works – Free market capitalism and a robust population – then Europe deserves to continue its unfortunate – but chosen – decline.
This is Europe’s problem. It is neither my problem nor that of my kids and theirs. If Europe doesn’t care enough about their future to populate it, the only difference between Europe going utterly bankrupt and their nation states disappearing now or in a generation or two is billions of US taxpayer dollars that can be far-better spent improving our own lives, thank you very much.
Europe is a collection of nations run, ostensibly, by adults. They have made their choices and now must live – or die – by them. But for them to be allowed to choose irresponsibility on a national and continental scale, and then expect my children and theirs to allow Europeans to avoid the consequences of those decisions is to treat Europeans as toddlers, with my children continuing to pay Europe’s bills to the detriment of their own futures and standard of living.
Is that what Europeans want, or do they want to take their medicine and grow-up? And are Americans willing to put-up with this childishness forever? Why?
Or should Russia simply act the adult and take-over these nations unwilling to maturely govern themselves? Why would that be worse? Toddlers don’t care who takes of them, only that someone does.