Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Europe bashing? It may be time to think again.



Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Dick Morris scream that Obama is turning us into another "Europe," which is a euphemism for socialism. Leave the label aside for a second and consider that the European Union has a lower unemployment rate than the U.S. (Theirs is 8.6% and ours is 9.4%.)

How could this be? After all, didn't the U.S. have its vaunted system of "labor flexibility" and, therefore, could respond more quickly to adverse economic trends?

Seems that it hasn't been working.

Moreover, EU GDP fell by less than the U.S. so our capitalistic model really comes out looking pretty bad relative to the performance in Europe.

I forgot to mention that Europeans enjoy free health care, education, paid leisure time and a standard of living equal to ours. They also have lower crime rates in general, live in democracies and are free to travel anywhere they please.

Let's see...all of the above, plus better relative economic performance?

If that's Socialism, honest conservatives should have a hard time making it look all that bad. The problem is, they don't, which is proof they are nothing more than dogmatic ideologues.

So when they say they are looking out for you, they're not! They're looking out for themselves and their own agendas, which mostly means being able to make big bucks from TV and radio ratings or selling advice. This necessitates keeping their audience--YOU--"dumbed down."

Is that help? I call it contempt.

2 comments:

googleheim said...

Why do all them southern Republicans allow them "socialist" countries to bring their socialist-brand factories to the south ?

german automakers, french industrialists, etc

they are sitting on aristocratic remnants of the plantation colonies, that's why!

they don't want equal access and equality of conditions because that means they cannot attract socialist-country owned factories who are looking for cheap labor which they dole out like pimps !

Mike Norman said...

And those southern states that lure those foreign factories, are all the biggest recipients of Federal Gov't aid, per capita, of any states in the nation. They get more back from the Federal Gov't than they pay in. Michigan doesn't! So, autoworkers in Detroit can be said to support the workers of Senator Bob Corker's state of Tennessee and/or "subsidize" the lucrative tax incentives that Tennessee offers to, say, Honda and Toyota. Hypocrisy of the highest order!!