Norway…sheesh. That’s why I thank God I live in America. [/quote]
Funny, I was thinking the same thing - only the other way around, of course.
Yeah, because otherwise you’d actually have to pay for stuff and um…that can suck huh? Yeah, we understand.[/quote]
Yep, we’re all about barter around here; that, and tossing free stuff to each other…
Having read some of your posts, I know you’re a bright guy who doesn’t need the obvious pointed out, but I’ll do it anyway.
The social services-thing is a safety net. It keeps us from racking up the numbers of homeless on our streets, and gives people a chance to get back on their feet. It’s a right, but it comes with a set of obligations as well - a recipient has to be willing to move to another part of the country to get work, or to enroll in courses etc to qualify for whatever work is available. It’s not meant as salary for sitting on your ass doing nothing.
Now, about free health care. It’s deemed far more economical to keep people well and in employment than to try to make money from the sick and injured. And since our taxes are on the high side, health care is, in a sense, not so much free as pre-paid.
Anyway, I’ll leave you guys to it. Just felt like offering a glimpse of how things work across the pond.[/quote]
Thanks for the information. I understand what you’re saying but I also understand human nature quite well. And I think that your system can be played just as easily as the US when it comes to those who want to live off the government dole. If someone is rewarded enough for doing nothing that’s exactly what they’ll keep on doing.
I apologize to those who have read the following on one of my posts before but it bares repeating:
When you take money from someone who earned it and give it to someone who did not earn it you harm both the person you took it from and the person that you gave it to.