Want to know how much European-style social programs cost? Here's how much:
Germany gdp per capita for 2020 was $45,724, a 1.6% decline from 2019. Germany gdp per capita for 2019 was $46,468, a 2.81% decline from 2018.
Bottom line: If Germany, the “economic powerhouse of Europe”, were the 51st US state, its per capita GDP would place it 47th in the country, ahead of only Idaho, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi. The UK would beat only Mississippi. France wouldn't even beat Mississippi. Denmark would be near the middle of the pack, Sweden would be near the bottom, and Norway (with its North Sea oil revenue) would be near the top.
That's how much the social welfare state eats up.