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Where ideology ends and poor governance begins, when it comes to social assistance

Did the wealthfare state died or just caught a cold?

The vote on the Social Assistance Law this week is just the right opportunity to discuss options for sustainable policy on social assistance, as opposed to sheer populism. The poor administration of social assistance schemes in many European countries nearly drove the welfare straight into bankruptcy these years, pulling along the rest of the economy; at the same time, other high-spending countries have not faced major problems, despite having generous assistance schemes. This would indicate that the problem is not the welfare state per se, but assistential populism. Mixing a socialist generous welfare with an anarcho-libertarian tax collection leads to bankcruptcy and this is the key difference between Sweden and Greece (Italy, Romania etc.)

On real options and casting aside the hypocrisy, here (RO only)

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