That what Social Security is, it’s what pays for paving roads, cleaning our water, employs our police, etc.

That’s actually not true. “Socialism” is a very specific economic system which requires the state owning the means of production. If the state does not own the means of production, it is not “socialism.”

Europeans simply have a larger investment in shared cost welfare than we do, in some ways.

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that I have family in Europe who are able to live out their lives knowing they can always get good care.

Well, if that’s all that you care about, that’s fine. I have relatives in Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands; all of them have excellent care, and all of them live rather modestly after taxes. :-) I frequently kid them that the European system has made them prisoners in their own countries.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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