A new outlook on society arrives at the most unexpected moments. I am traveling and spending some time in my native country, not a new and foreign place for me. After reading a news article, a speech, about the new annual budget in the Netherlands, views I had always held so dearly, are now in question.
I come from a long line of people who believe in social democracy. That means we take care of the underdogs and share what we have. Well, it is becoming an untenable position in this socially democratic country, where people with top incomes can pay as much as 52% of their income in taxes to support the system. Health care in a growing, and longer living population is taking up 40% of the budget, education another 30%, that leaves 30% for all other expenses, not enough to take care of roads, increased public transportation, military, the King’s new work quarters, and let alone nature reserves. That is what happens when you provide basic “rights” for the population.
Did you realize that the more we take care of the underdog, the longer the underdogs live, producing more underdogs, effectively driving us globally to a zero income state?
Without a thriving economy we are all going to suffer. The difference between rich and poor apparently is a good thing, it drives the economy. I never thought I would say this. Ann Raynd wasn’t so far off....
What happened? What was such a good and stable system when I was a child and young adult, is no longer working. The Dutch are suffocating in their own good values.
It’s like the deer in my home town. We provide delicious and easy accessible munchies in our flourishing gardens. Why wouldn’t they come down out of the hills and take up residence in the empty lots around town? I can’t shoot them, or charge them rent. I now have to build fences and protect my property. I want my peas and tomatoes to feed myself. So much for my humanitarian outlook on sharing.
Delicate balances are easily disturbed. Nature has her harsh consequences. There are forces greater than us, to create balance. We as humans are lousy at it. Will it make a difference if I change my political alliance?