Tag Archive: Welfare State






” Ah, yes, the gap between rich and poor, that old canard is being dusted off and trotted out to avoid the M issue.”Often young people with immigrant backgrounds – who are poorly educated, cannot find work and feel pushed to the edge of society.” There are thousands of non-Muslim immigrants and working class poor who are not burning down the country screaming allahu akbar even though many of them live in the exact same neighborhoods and have the same levels of income.

In a country with a reputation for openness, tolerance and a model welfare state, the rioting has exposed a fault-line between a well-off majority and a minority – often young people with immigrant backgrounds – who are poorly educated, cannot find work and feel pushed to the edge of society.

But in Orebro, a town in central Sweden, some 25 masked youths set fire to three cars, a school and tried to torch a police station, police said. An old empty building was set alight in the town of Sodertalje, less than an hour’s drive from the capital.”









Men Who Are Physically Strong Are More Likely To Have Right Wing Political Views



Right Wing


” Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength.

Men’s upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the research.

The principal investigators – psychological scientists Michael Bang Petersen, of Aarhus University in Denmark, and Daniel Sznycer, of the University of California in the U.S., believe that the link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral environments and continue to influence behaviour today.

Professor Petersen said: ‘While many think of politics as a modern phenomenon, it has – in a sense – always been with our species.’

In the days of our early ancestors, decisions about the distribution of resources were not made in courthouses or legislative offices, but through shows of strength.

  • Weaker men more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution
  • Link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in our ancestors
  • Strength was a proxy for ability to defend or acquire resources
  • There is no link between women’s physical strength and political views”

Left Wing


‘Nuff Said










If You Can’t Take A Joke F**k Off You P***k








“Mitt’s right:Handouts do win votes”

” This is nothing new. There’s a classic book that’s taught, or used to be taught, in college political
science classes. “Democracy in America” — it was written more than 150 years ago by a Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville. He had the
same take as Mitt on what has become the American welfare state:

“A democracy … can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.”

  Can someone say QE3, the Fed’s third round of so-called quantitative easing? “

  “By now, just about anyone following the race for the 2012 election has heard about Mitt’s ‘gaffe’, concerning what he thinks about the 47% of Americans that are strapped to the US welfare state.  Yes, to a large portion of that 47%, the statement might have seemed difficult to hear; and, the common take on Mitt’s words could make the fight for the White House just a little bit more difficult for the Romney campaign”

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” Italian tanks may have five gears for reverse and only one for forward, but in a Fiat the size of
your cupholder it’s a different story. The French may plant trees on the Champs-élysées because the Germans like to march in the shade, but they’ll still pass you at 120 on the Grande Corniche. When you’ve done your last surrender-monkey crack, that cloud in your
windshield is a dinged deux chevaux leaving your fully loaded SUV for dust. Continentals
would never for a moment tolerate the restrictive driving conditions of the United States, and they don’t understand why Americans do. Mon dieu, is not America the
land of the car chase?”