While running for President last year, the self-professed “Democratic-Socialist” Bernie Sanders urged us to look at Sweden as a model for what the United States should be. He was making reference to their economic model, one best described as a “capitalist welfare state:” extremely high taxes with generous benefits (all the kind of government freebies Bernie wants).
He’s taking the wrong lessons from Sweden — as their rates of economic growth have slowed greatly after transitioning from a lassiez-faire model to having a large welfare state, but that’s a subject for another article.
Now we have a new lesson from Sweden, this one with regard to its refugee crisis. Both Bernie and Hillary Clinton supported increasing the number of middle eastern refugees into the US — but how has that worked out for Sweden?
As it turns out, when your social safety net is a hammock, there’s little desire for their new residents to work.
According to the Daily Wire:
Perhaps it seemed like a good idea at the time, or at least humanitarian. Sweden let 163,000 “refugees” into their once-idyllic country last year, and government officials assured wary citizens that they would aid the economy.