It's a common argument among liberals that the United States needs to change its laws and policies to be more like socialist countries in Europe. But what many don't realize is that a combination of benefits in some U.S. states can be much more generous than the standards in those socialist nations.

Take, for example, a recent study embarked upon by the Cato Institute, a conservative and libertarian think tank in Washington D.C. The Cato Institute's study compared an average payout of Welfare benefits in New York state to the monetary value of benefits in several European countries that are labeled as Socialist.

The control scenario in Cato's study is a single mother with two young children. The study guessed that such a woman would participate in 6 Welfare programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the SNAP food stamp program, housing assistance in two forms of payouts, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and a food stamp program specifically from infants and women.

The total monetary value of such a family's welfare package would come out to be $27,500 each year. Compare that amount with the $23,257 that similar packages would offer the woman and her family in Germany or the $22,111 the woman would receive in Sweden.

According to the study, New York's welfare program is already more generous than every European county except for Denmark and Britain. And that's only giving the woman access to 6 of the more than 100 federal assistance programs that are available.

Granted, it's extremely unlikely that someone would have or take the time to enroll and jump through all the necessary hoops to qualify for all 100 welfare programs. That's one unintended benefit of bureaucracy.

However, the $27,500 that New York would give out in benefits isn't including any health care benefits, which have the potential to raise the amount of benefits by $10,000 and more.

So, to those crying for America to adopt a more socialist attitude--we already have the best benefits in the world! To increase those beyond our capacity to pay for them and continue to help people is just bad fiscal policy.

h/t: New York Post

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