Are you kidding me? Where in the world had the welfare state worked? Europe is correcting its spending, The US just got downgraded by Standard & Poor, even the Chinese are asking the US to spend less money and be more responsible. You cant keep taxing hard working people and spending it on entitlements. As in the wise words of Margaret Thatcher "Socialism doesnt work, because sooner or later you will run out of other peoples money" !!
French tourist arrested for waving Israeli flag on Temple Mount (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel's social protesters are not just naive sushi eaters