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JOSEPHINE TEO FAILS TO SEE OUR LOW FERTILITY IS DUE TO LACK OF WELFARE STATE

So the problem with Jo Teo's comments isn't that they are offensive; it's that they're incoherent and inconsistent. They represent a kind of wishful thinking - of wanting your cake and eating it too, of wanting to see social change without engaging in the necessarily far-reaching policy changes needed to bring about that change. They also represent a kind of denial- a denial of the fact that our economic inequality, the state's paternalism and its overwhelming emphasis on individual responsibility are, in fact, major causes of our low fertility.

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SINGAPORE IS NOT A WELFARE STATE

I believe that the least appreciated part of Lee Kwan Yew’s legacy is his method of ensuring that one generation won’t bankrupt future generations by selfishly living beyond its means. It’s a welfare state that works, and one he always said was available to any political leader with the courage to tell his people the truth about the limits of government’s power to pass out goodies.

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