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Old 12-23-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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THE NETHERLANDS MOVES AWAY FROM WELFARE STATE

by WILLIAM BIGELOW 23 Dec 2013, 3:50 PM PDT

The Netherlands, which has espoused the benefits of the welfare state since the 1960’s, is swinging the pendulum back from its dependence on the welfare system. Once called a "comprehensive egalitarian social model" by the Financial Times, the system that spent 40% of its GDP on entitlements in the 1980’s while the U.S. spent 22% is now being refocused by newly coronated Dutch King Willem-Alexander.

The king asserted three months ago that the University of London's History in Focus says that the "classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century" is over. The Netherlands would now become a "participation society" as the “arrangements" featuring the dependence on the welfare state "are unsustainable in their current form." He cautioned the nation that the changes would "take time and demand perseverance," but they would "lay the basis for creating jobs and restoring confidence."

History in Focus had stated "with the sole exception of Sweden," the Netherlands "was the most generous both in terms of benefits and the conditions under which individuals could claim."

But now, in order to receive benefits, welfare applicants must prove they have been actively looking for a job for at least four weeks. The Cato Institute's Michael Tanner said, "And once they begin to receive benefits they will either have to work or perform volunteer community service."

Other services which had heretofore been supervised by the national government will be run at the local level, making them more cost efficient. They include youth services, care for the elderly, and job retraining. The king warned that "the necessary reforms" will "take time and demand perseverance." But he assured the nation that they will "lay the basis for creating jobs and restoring confidence."

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Old 12-23-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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[shrug] Politics. I expect they'll remain more of a social democracy than we are. E.g., I see nothing in there about eliminating universal health care.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:28 PM   #4
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[shrug] Politics. I expect they'll remain more of a social democracy than we are. E.g., I see nothing in there about eliminating universal health care.
They recognize that socialism is a loser.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:39 PM   #5
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Vetteman is socialism?

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Old 12-23-2013, 11:53 PM   #6
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They recognize that socialism is a loser.
If that's what you got out of that that's some creative thinking you got going there. They basically are going to make things more efficient by running them locally and they want people proving they are trying to find work. They don't seem to be cutting programs by much. Get back to me when they.
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Old 12-24-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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If that's what you got out of that that's some creative thinking you got going there. They basically are going to make things more efficient by running them locally and they want people proving they are trying to find work. They don't seem to be cutting programs by much. Get back to me when they.
You can spin this anyway you want but this:

"classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century" is over. The Netherlands would now become a "participation society" as the “arrangements" featuring the dependence on the welfare state "are unsustainable in their current form." He cautioned the nation that the changes would "take time and demand perseverance," but they would "lay the basis for creating jobs and restoring confidence."

Says it all, socialism has failed.....again.
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You mean like hold on to his wang?
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The King dictates policy in the Netherlands?
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The King dictates policy in the Netherlands?
Dictates. Sounds dirty.
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Dictates. Sounds dirty.
You mean like lactating dicks?
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You mean like lactating dicks?
Udders hang down and dicks stick up...at least the good ones.
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Not that I'm stupid enough to think that anything written by Brietbart is actually in context at all but still. They can say that, I'll believe them when they actually start cutting real programs and moving towards a "capitalist" society. Something that's such a fatally bad idea that nobody's been stupid enough to try it.
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Not that I'm stupid enough to think that anything written by Brietbart is actually in context at all but still. They can say that, I'll believe them when they actually start cutting real programs and moving towards a "capitalist" society. Something that's such a fatally bad idea that nobody's been stupid enough to try it.
Sure you are.
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Udders hang down and dicks stick up...at least the good ones.
They can still leak in the vertical.
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The King dictates policy in the Netherlands?
Vettebigot has never let little things like facts get in the way of regurgitating Breitbart bullshit.
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Vettebigot has never let little things like facts get in the way of regurgitating Breitbart bullshit.
Not that I really want to take the side of my fellow Devil Dog but I assume you can prove he can't?
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The King dictates policy in the Netherlands?
Not much.

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The monarch is the head of state, at present King Willem-Alexander. Constitutionally, the position is equipped with limited powers. The monarch can exert some influence during the formation of a new cabinet, where they serve as neutral arbiter between the political parties. Additionally, the king (the title queen has no constitutional significance) has the right to be briefed and consulted. Depending on the personalities and relationships of the king and the ministers, the king might have influence beyond the power granted by the constitution.
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