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The "welfare state"?

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    Posted: 13-Jul-2007 at 13:02
I think that due to I'm not quite sure what maybe partly because of history US citizens have no problems with evergetism. 
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  Quote Kevin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Jul-2007 at 11:16
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I'm currently reading a book called the United States of Europe and a considerable part of it is devoted to the European ideals of a wlfare state compared to the United States or anywhere else
 
It's more a question of the European and anywhere else ideals of a welfare state, as against the United States alone.
 
From a historical point of view it always puzzles me that the US was so quick to establish free public schools (even even free public libraries) but resisted other welfare services. I mean, I know where the arguments against public health systems are coming from now, but why didn't the US start adopting welfare services in the first place?
 
That is a puzzling question,I assume maybe because education is the building blocks of soicety,So they put foreward a free education system with everything excluding college/university,and keep in mind health care makes up a sizeable portion of the economy over here in the US. So I guess they keep in privatized to encourage competitiveness?    
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Originally posted by Kevin

I'm currently reading a book called the United States of Europe and a considerable part of it is devoted to the European ideals of a wlfare state compared to the United States or anywhere else
 
It's more a question of the European and anywhere else ideals of a welfare state, as against the United States alone.
 
From a historical point of view it always puzzles me that the US was so quick to establish free public schools (even even free public libraries) but resisted other welfare services. I mean, I know where the arguments against public health systems are coming from now, but why didn't the US start adopting welfare services in the first place?
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  Quote Kevin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Jul-2007 at 18:24
I'm currently reading a book called the United States of Europe and a considerable part of it is devoted to the European ideals of a welfare state compared to the United States or anywhere else and the author of the book argues about how the idea of a welfare state is viewed as something to be proud of in many european nations and something worth sacrificing for,While here in the US it is viewed in a negative light as something socialist and as something that discourages people from finding jobs and putting effort into things.
 
So I was wondering if anyboy would want to contribute to the positives and negatives of a welfare state and how such a social and economic system is viewed in your nation or culture?        


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