Sunday, January 16, 2005

End of the Gravy Train for Florida Rolf

Opinion Journal: Welfare Uber Ales. Rolf John (know to millions of Germans as Florida Rolf) was collecting $2400 per month from the German welfare agency to pay for an apartment, housekeeper/driver and other aspects of the Miami Beach lifestyle. Sounds great, where do I sign up!

Unfortunately (for F.R.) the Germans have had enough, and are enacting some minor reforms to their welfare state. German unemployed recieved 67% of the most recent pay for 1 year, and 57% thereafter "almost indefinitely." What a system. And they are surpised that people would rather not go back to work?

As long as not working is so lucrative, people will not work. (Economic rationality is real to that extent!)

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