Turns out America is not an isolated incident, as a recent Forbes article reveals how anti-poverty measures have also done little to alleviate poverty in France.
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.France is no stranger to economic woes. Just last month, its Moody's credit rating dropped from AAA to Aa1. Among the reasons cited for the downgrade were France's "inflexible labour market and low levels of innovation eroding its competitiveness and industrial base."
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?
Let’s consider three indicators: the poverty rate; the “Active Solidarity Income,” which is France’s 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 France’s welfare system: It has replaced a previous payment called the “Minimum Income for Insertion.” These two are the same thing; only the name has changed. The latter was implemented in 1989, when 370,000 people benefited. In 2009, this “income” was given to 1,697,357 people. That is a huge increase. Failure must be acknowledged.
The third indicator is a nationwide philanthropic organization called the “Restos du Coeur.” It was created in 1985 to fight poverty. It provides meals during the winter to the very-low-income population. During the winter of 1985-86, 8.5 million meals were given. Since then, it has never stopped increasing. During the winter of 2010-11, about 109 million meals were given—a 1,282-percent jump in 25 years.
In practice, France’s welfare system is a failure, and there is an economic explanation for this. Welfareship does not create wealth; there are no incentives to create wealth. Despite its good intentions, welfareship has created a “poverty trap.”
This economic climate has been known as the "French Disease." It's where French bureaucrats and union leaders have made it so costly to hire an employee that it's practically impossible for businesses to hire anyone there, hence France's gargantuan unemployment rate.
And it doesn't seem like the French Disease will be cured anytime soon, especially with the election of ultra-socialist president Francois Hollande, whose tax increases on the rich has sent 400 to 500 millionaires packing.
How ironic that libtarded moonbats want us to be more socialistic like Europe, and scoff at anyone who doesn't buy into socialism, claiming that they don't understand what it is, and that if they did, they would accept it. Well, with articles like this, we do know what it is, and we want no part of it!
Why must "social justice" trump reason so?