welfare machine

Sarahsarah

Senior Member
English
hello, i'm reading something to do with the Goverment and tax and it mentions the welfare machine.
What is this referring to please?
Many thanks
Sarah
 
  • Sarahsarah

    Senior Member
    English
    ok, this is what it says.....
    But crushing taxes are needed to keep the welfare machine running and to pay the one Swede in sixteen who is now a civil servant.
    its all about tax, the Government in Sweden.
    does that help?
    thanks!
     

    cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    Ok, this is what it says.....
    But crushing taxes are needed to keep the welfare machine running and to pay the one Swede in sixteen who is now a civil servant.
    It's all about tax, the Government in Sweden.
    Does that help?
    Thanks!
    Please do your best to write in standard English. That includes punctuation and capital letters where these are needed. We have many beginning students here, and they follow the example set by English speakers.

    The "welfare machine" is the collective set of social welfare benefits provided by the Swedish government.
     

    evilregis

    Senior Member
    English, Canada
    In this case, "welfare machine" could translate to "welfare system". "Machine" was probably chosen to emphasise it's size or importance in Sweden. It could also be chosen to cast a disparaging light on the welfare system if the author of the article is personally against welfare.
     

    cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    Thanks very much, Sarah.

    Evilregis makes a good point. "Machine" could be either a negative term, implying something devoid of humanity (That would be wonderfully ironic in this context!), or it could be a positive, giving the impression that the welfare system works as well as a well-designed piece of high-tech equipment.
    That's where context—the sentences coming right before and after the one in question—can give us a better idea.
     

    Sarahsarah

    Senior Member
    English
    Ok. Here are the other sentances...

    The 8,2 million Suedes enjoy the world's highest standard of living Schools and medical care are free, living and working conditions are superb and employment is negligible. But crushing taxes are needed to keep the welfare machine running and to pay the one Swede in sixteen who is now a civil servant. Taxes have stifled the initiative of professional people and have made tax evasion a means of survival for many others.

    Thank you to everyone for their ideas.
    Sarah.
     
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