The Solution: Smaller Government 
(Part 2)

by Doug Payton

In my original essay, "The Solution: Smaller Government", I used Social Security as an example of a big government program--one that had expanded its scope beyond its original purpose, since now the IRS requires your 2-year-old to have a Social Security number to claim them as a dependent.  In this article, let's take a look at a very similar program and how well it's working.

An article in The Guardian reports that France and Germany are demonstrating why state-run programs, in this case pensions, don't work. There have been massive demonstrations there recently over a change requiring that folks who will receive state pensions must work 40 years instead of the previously legislated 37.5 years, and this applies to everyone retroactively. The problem include:

Basically, what the government (and liberals who advocate it) call "compassion" is merely legalized thievery. Social Security and its like in Europe are not compassionate because they force one group of people to pay for another. And they don't work because they gamble on demographics and behavior patterns that the government cannot control (even though they may try via legislation).

In Paris yesterday an electricity board engineer called Jean-Marc summed it up. "Over the past few years every single redundancy plan has targeted the over-55s, and now they're asking us to work for longer. Who do they think they're kidding? It's completely incoherent, utterly unrealistic."

Sorry, Jean-Marc, but you've been sold an utterly unrealistic program from the get-go. This is simply its logical result.

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