The Dutch Make Welfare Reform Looks Easy

They're showing Europe how to shrink the welfare state

Around the corner from the Dutch parliament in The Hague, wineshop owner Jan Wynhoren points to his most expensive Bordeaux and says: "We're selling more grands crus than ever before." At a Foot Locker store, Ruud Nicmeyer shows off his most expensive Nike Airs. "People have more money to spend," he says. "They buy more sneakers, they buy more clothes, they buy more everything."

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