Social Democracy, Motherhood and France

France is not alone in offering kinderbijslag as it is known in the Netherlands and kindergeld in Germany, but it appears France may offer more benefits than other EU countries.

What would happen if we proposed this type of fund in the US?

What is the program? The Children's Funds (liberally translated) were originally set up at the end of World War II as an incentive for women to give birth. These programs continue 60-odd years later.

The stipend is supported by tax revenue, and cheques are sent monthly for each child. In late 1975 I believe we paid about 33% in taxes.

I can't recall how much each monthly allowance was when I lived in Amsterdam, but it probably equalled about the cost of one Lamy Safari and a bottle of ink.

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