With all due respect, this opinion piece is utter nonsense. There is no connection between the incentive programs and the layoffs at VW (Aerotek). Nor do the VW layoffs expose a "fault" in the economic development initiatives of the State and the region. To misconstrue this just shows a lack of understanding of the economic realities at VW, in the automotive industry and of global business in general.
I am serious. Not in my support or my opposition to ObamaCare. But in defence of history. I am not taking sides here publicly.
My point simply was: Don't use Bismarck/German history in the wrong context.
He isn't the poster child to use here.
And I always cringe when people use far-fetched (German) historic comparisons or references.
To answer your question: Prussia more or less became the blueprint for founding the German nation. Also, please be careful with the label "socialism" and make sure you know what it really stands for. Bismarck certainly was not a socialist. Quite to the contrary. But I am sure you knew this.
Next time you use a historical comparison, you may want to complete your research first.
Not only is the sausage quote attributed to Otto von Bismarck, so is his profound social reform of the Prussian/German state/nation, too.
Bismarck may not be the best historical figure for your argument here. He is credited with implementing the world's first welfare state in the 1880s. He laid the foundation for well balanced government programs.
In fact, Bismarck’s idea was to implement welfare programs that were acceptable to the conservatives without any of the overtly socialistic aspects. His program centered squarely on insurance programs designed to increase productivity, including a Health Insurance Bill in 1883.
Here's another Bimarck quote that ideologists on both sides of the aisle should take to heart: "Politics is the art of the possible."