The blue social model is getting too expensive and inefficient for the United States, these days. That is not true everywhere. As the FT reports:
It must be nice to be a Qatari bureaucrat. The country’s government recently gave salary and pensions raises of between 50 and 120 per cent to public sector workers – something other employers are wholly reluctant to hand out these days. [...]
But the pay raises, like the additional spending elsewhere in the GCC, conflict with governments’ simultaneous efforts to develop the skilled local workforce needed to wean their countries off their dependence on expat workers. The vast majority of working Qataris do so in the public sector, while the private sector is filled with foreigners, a pattern found in much of the Gulf.
Programmes to encourage the private sector to hire more locals, known as Qatarisation, have had limited success. Employers balk at hiring skilled nationals whose expectations are shaped by government employers who generally offer higher pay, better job security, and less demanding workloads than the private sector.
With enough oil, you can afford almost anything, though even in the Gulf the blue model has its drawbacks.