Mark Steyn has a post from this weekend that is a must-read.
In When Responsibility Doesn’t Pay, Steyn compares the crisis in Greece (and the EU in general) with California. Will the US wake up and paddle to shore before we plunge over the falls, or will we paddle even harder to catch up with Greece and the upside-down-family-tree known as Europe?
We hard-hearted small-government guys are often damned as selfish types who care nothing for the general welfare. But, as the Greek protests make plain, nothing makes an individual more selfish than the socially equitable communitarianism of big government: Once a chap’s enjoying the fruits of government health care, government-paid vacation, government-funded early retirement, and all the rest, he couldn’t give a hoot about the general societal interest; he’s got his, and to hell with everyone else. People’s sense of entitlement endures long after the entitlement has ceased to make sense.