Over at the Marmot’s Hole he has an interesting post up about the possible inter-generational clash that the election of Park Geun-hye may be causing:
In a story placed very prominently on both the Chosun’s and Dong-A’s websites, Yonhap warns that Park Geun-hye’s election may have sparked inter-generational tensions, with young folk expressing with discontent with online petitions calling for an end to welfare benefits for seniors.
On the day after the election, a netizen started an online petition at Daum’s Agora calling for an end to seniors being allowed to ride the subway for free. So far, that poll has garnered 9,150 signatures.
The netizen who started the petition argued that since old folk don’t like national welfare, the free subway rides for seniors system should be abolished. Perhaps then they might come to appreciate what welfare is, he said. [Marmot's Hole]
Read the rest at the link, but the sense of entitlement the people pushing this petition have is quite sickening. If anyone in Korea deserves public support it is the older generation that experienced the Korean War, suffered through severe poverty, and ultimately built modern Korea. Plus the public assistance the older generation receives is marginal compared to other developed countries. What is even more galling about this petition is that Park has vowed to increase welfare for younger people even though I think it may have just been an attempt by Park to take a campaign issue away from her rival Moon Jae-in. I just do not think that Park is dumb enough to follow the western reckless spending model.
What I think will be interesting to see is if the Korean leftists who lost an election they should have won will use this issue to try and mobilize people against Park like they did with the fraudulent US beef protests in 2008?
By the way I also liked the Mark Steyn article that Robert linked to. I agree that if people in the US want to have their government spend like Europeans than everyone should be willing to be taxed like Eurupeans.