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Debunking US Right Wing Myth About Sweden

Right wing talk show hosts continually cite Sweden as an example of too much government welfare programs which sap the work ethic of its people. The myth argues if governments provide healthcare and welfare payments to those in need, people will flock to such handouts because they are inherently lazy. Latest figures from Sweden reveal last year there were 392,000 people who collected welfare benefits, which is a reuction of 45% commpared with figures from the early 1990s. The latest figures indicate as overall numbers decline, there are still people who, due to a variety of reasons, can not escape the need for welfare support. Eva Franzen, of the Socialistyreisen, noted: “We see two parallel trends. One trend says that fewer need help and the other says that those remaning on welfare are collecting payments for longer periods of time.

There also appears to be a slight jump in the number of Swedish youth who are not getting into the labor market, but most of them are not collecting welfare. They apparently linger on the edges of the labor market. This might well be a modern phenomenon.

Sorry, Rush, there is no evidence to support your continual assertions that welfare weakons the moral fiber of people and encourages people to seek welfare.

John McCain– Is He the Real McCoy?

John McCain contnually portrays himself as an “underdog” who stands up to powerful interests in the nation and the Republican party. On one hand, he revels in the role of being a maverik and, on the other hand, insists he is a true conservative. Ironically, despite a solid conservative voting record, the closer he gets to the nomination, the more angry are right wing Republicans. Rush Limbaugh, is among the chief McCain-bashers. Within hours after the conclusion of voting on Super Tuesday, he lambasted the senator for his allegedly anti-conservative positions on a raft of issues ranging from immigration to tax cuts. He even hinted at voting for a Democrat in November. “One question I asked myself: if, if, if, if down the road you think the election of Obama, Hillary ofr McCain is going to result in very bad things happening to the country, who would you rather get blamed for it?”

Tomorrow night, John McCain will stand before 6,000 foot soldiers of the conservative revolution at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and will most probably get a frosty reception. He refused to attend the group’s meetings in the past, but now will appear. He probably will promise to appoint conservative judges, wage a vigorous war on terrorism and stand firm on Iraq.

Is John McCain a maverik? Does he stand against special interests? There is not the slightest piece of evidence McCain is anything other than a conservative Republican. About the only slightly unRepublican measure he ever supported dealt wtih restricting money in presidential elections. If elected, the only thing “real” about McCain is the real Republican he is from A to Z. He is not a maverik when it comes to standing up for the rights of those without medical care, he is not maverik when it comes to aiding workers to gain decent pay or working conditions, he is on the side of corporate interests. Sorry, John McCain, you are no John Kennedy.