Davian wrote:Well, with Greece, they have a national tradition of not paying any taxes at all and bribing gov't officials instead. They also have ridiculous entitlements like retirement on pension at 55. They were massively corrupt well before they entered the EU and they cooked their books to get in. Spain is much the same.
Davian wrote:No system works when no one pays into it...The flipside of the coin would be Germany or any Scandinavian country where such a broad social welfare programs work and work quite well...as shown by their far higher standards of living than the US. Shockingly, Germany is one of the most unionized countries in the world too...
Higher standard of living or lower expectations?
Also, how much does Germany spend on policing the world every year?