The European Welfare State and Its Lessons for America
In this Policy Report, the conclusion is made that the welfare state bodes ill for countries that proceed down that path:
In the years following World War II, a massive expansion of the welfare state has taken place throughout Europe. As government has taken responsibility for more and more areas of our lives — from retirement and health care to guaranteeing a minimum level of income — it has grown bigger, more intrusive, and increasingly unaffordable. More recently, the United States seems to be headed down the same path.