No...that wasn' the topic. I wondered about your statement that welfare decides the status of a country. As in the more the state spends the more developed it becomes.
I find that hard to believe...and alone your own country, the US, makes rather a good counter argument....I think...
Since the government started supporting private industry, the economy has grown by leaps and bounds in the US!!! If it wasn't for the government helping them out, things would be much worse than they are now. You wouldn't see nearly as much growth.
If it wasn't for Medicare, which is like social welfare, even though we all pay for it with a huge a$$ tax, seniors wouldn't be able to afford health insurance. You would have millions of grannies spending their life savings on doctors visits, meds, hospital stays, etc.
So yeah, the social programs do help.
Restructuring and government supported growth in new sectors are the key, BB. With that, you can't go wrong!