These social welfare benefits driving most minor (and an increasing number of major, eg now France) european nations to bankruptcy all were predicated on wealthy nations being able to afford to take money from productive subjects and give it to unproductive subjects, retired (often at 55 or 60) or otherwise, on the assumptions that A) there would always be enough money in these wealthy nations to do so, and B) there would always be enough kids to allow an intergenerational wealth transfer without harming “too much” (a term left undefined by those taking their money without their consent) future generations in order to allow more leisure today.
A) Now that it has been proven that a wealthy country cannot stay wealthy via redistribution, but that instead redistribution is the road to poverty, we have a bunch of nations that USED TO BE wealthy enough to afford these benefits… but no longer are. If they can’t afford them, they can’t afford them. Pretty simple stuff. It was nice while it lasted, but, Baby, those days are OVER. Time to go back to reality in which everyone earns their OWN way and merit, drive and perseverance determine success. And if you choose not to earn your own way, you don’t get to take the money others earned by CHOOSING to improve THEIR lifestyles… to improve yours.
B) All these benefits rely on future earnings of future generations. Absent kids, none of them do, will, or can work, period. Not a single european nation has had even a flat Total Fertility Rate (2.1) for generations. Many are in demographic death spirals with TFR of 1.6 or lower. If the population of a state chooses not to have the future generations required to pay their way today, none of these schemes CAN work. Besides, if a nation doesn’t believe in its own future enough to populate it, what’s the point of ANY redistribution plan moving money INTO any nation that has already CHOSEN to disappear? That makes no sense at all…
.. so, naturally, redistribution is the demand of the arrested pre-adolescent children today called “social democrats” in europe, and “democrats” in America. (Only 3 Blue States (NV, NM, HI) are at or above 2.1. All other Blues, including CA, NY, NJ, IL, etc., are in net decline, with TFR below 2.1 Only 3 Red states are BELOW 2.1, BTW; Conservatives believe in the future, Progressives do not.)
Again, pretty simple stuff. Choices matter. The Left – here and in europe – have CHOSEN not to have children and now must bear the brunt of their choices: no more social welfare bennies paid for by the kids they have CHOSEN not to have.
Newsflash: No Children, No Future. Like it or not.
History to the Left: Time to grow up.