Interesting twist to the “other people’s money” solution

That’s what Sweden just did:

Under a scheme organised by the local authorities in the town of Soderhamn and by Sweden’s national employment office, anyone aged between 18 and 28 can volunteer to take a “Job Journey” to Oslo and attempt track down gainful employment.

Those who sign up get a ticket to the Norwegian capital and are put up in an Oslo youth hostel for a month, with Soderhamn council picking up the £20 a night bill. The package also includes on-the-spot guidance on how to get a job in Sweden’s northern neighbour.

“We had an unemployment rate of over 25 per cent, so we had to find solutions,” Magus Nilsen, the man in charge of the project at Soderhamn council, told the Daily Telegraph. “Going to Norway to find work has always been quite popular with young people, but sometimes they want to go but don’t know how to find a job or accommodation so we thought we’d give them a bit of help with both.”

What a scam….

Maybe the Greeks can do some of this too to fix their “running out of other people’s money” problem too…

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  1. Hal_10000

    Obviously I’d oppose this idea but I think it might actually work in Sweden, were the work ethic is very strong. Milton Friedman has a famous exchange with the Prime Minster of Sweden — back when they were *really* smoking the socialist hash pipe — where the PM observed that Sweden had a very low poverty rate. Friedman responded that people of Swedish decent in the US had a low poverty rate too. And I’ve spoken to Swedes who’ve said the same thing: the socialism only worked (past tense) because of the public stigma against dependency (a culture that is now fading).

    The thing NO ONE notices is that Sweden has really moved away from the big socialism because of the cost. In the 90’s, they cut spending and privatized a lot of stuff. They’re now 21st in the economic freedom index, low for their region but way up from where they were 20 years ago.

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  2. richtaylor365

    Considering that the US spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty last year, (and still the poverty rate increased {forward, yea}) I’d say the Swedes may be on to something.

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  3. TxAg94

    Mexico’s been running this scam for years. They do an even better version where the northern neighbor picks up the tab for the whole damn thing.

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  4. Kimpost

    I have no problem with it either. If it works, it works? If it doesn’t or if it’s abused, shut the program down. The main thing here, IMO, is that it’s not a huge federal government program. This is a local measure (small Swedish town), paid for by their local budget. Sounds like a small cost, for getting someone out of (possibly) long term unemployment.

    I’m for trying everything. Nice initiative from the unemployment office. Their general reputation certainly is not one of initiative.

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  5. Mississippi Yankee

    The Real King of France & Sweden RKOF&S over @ Curmudgeonly & Skeptical feels that this template will work here and might just may win him a Nobel Prize.

    Bingo. I believe I am about to earn my first Nobel Peace Prize.

    During the War of Southern Rebellion, Mr. Lincoln wrestled with the what to do with the slaves he had just emancipated. He seriously considered paying Negros to move to South America. He didn’t do this in a vacuum; Frederick Douglass was in on the discussions, and adamantly opposed the plan. What finally did it in was probably simple arithmetic; the nation could not afford it (this before the discovery of unlimited money printing).

    A few other plans were considered, like moving them to British colonies, but Britain squashed that talk. It’s conjecture to talk about what would have happened had the slave problem been allowed to solve itself. I for one think we would, in the end, be way ahead of the game, race relations wise, had that course been taken. Or if Democrats had somehow been taken out of the equation.

    So tish and tosh, you say. What has this to do with me winning a Nobel?, although the brightest of you have already figured it out. It’s this.

    We find ourselves today as fractured a nation as we were in the 1860s. That is to say, we are not united States. Once again it’s democrats who are responsible. So, taking Sweden’s example, and learning from post Rebellion politics, I will propose that after Obama is thrown out of office, we do a full kit. We pay Democrats (liberals, illegal aliens, communists, to leave the country and resettle in the middle east. Actually, we lawfully mandate that they either take our offer of $100,000 per head, or spend the rest of their lives in a Mississippi penal colony.

    My Lord, this song just started playing in my head. That’s a good omen.

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  6. Kimpost

    Is it the paying people to leave aspect that bothers you? We have totally free movement between Scandinavian countries (no visas, no passports) so I guess it’s not really a question of paying people to leave. Not permanently anyway. Moving to Oslo is no different than moving to Stockholm.

    From a national economic standpoint it would be better if they worked and payed their taxes here, but if there are no jobs? And really, does it matter? The individual surely comes first here. If the program is working, if it isn’t too costly and if it’s not abused, then keep it up.

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