Quote Of The Day

“If the European Union were a state in the USA it would belong to the poorest group of states. France, Italy, Great Britain and Germany have lower GDP per capita than all but four of the states in the United States. In fact, GDP per capita is lower in the vast majority of the EU-countries (EU 15) than in most of the individual American states. This puts Europeans at a level of prosperity on par with states such as Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia.” –a report by the Swedish think tank Timbro called “EU versus USA”

6 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”


  • I’d much rather be a lower-middle class worker in the EU—with guaranteed health benefits and other social safety nets—than an Arkansas Wal-Mart worker whose son has to go to Iraq to qualify for a decent college education.

  • But that assumes you’d have the job…most likely the person working in Arkansas at a Wal-Mart would be unemployed in Europe, where the unmeployment rate for especially dark skinned minorities is twice, even three times the United States unemployment rate.

  • And that Arkansas Wal-Mart worker would most likely be making sub-standard wages–often without any benefits, while the unemployed European worker has the basic safety net–including universal health care coverage–during times of unemployment.

    The Bush Regime’s Iraq Civil War is going swimmingly, by the way.

  • But remember, that Arkansas Wal-Mart worker is just starting. With time and experience s/he will move up the economic ladder and in the USA, there is a long high ladder that one can climb, as they say in the USA, the sky is the limit.

    In Europe, that same worker would have been priced out of the workforce, forever, doomed to live in ghettos all of her/his life, with of course, the occasional rioting and burning of cars to bring some excitement.

  • For the record, both state socialism and capitalism suck foot. The failure of state socialism does not vindicate capitalism. They are both ailing and failing systems. Although I have unabashed liberal leanings, I will be the first to admit that the ideology has flaws ;and I do believe in self reliance.Nevertheless the flaws of liberalism don’t vindicate conservatism and individual self reliance won’t properly address systemic problems that will eventually have to be confronted.The wholesale jacking of social programs will not curb serious problems facing the nation. Government intervention has not always solved serious problems but the benign neglect of conservatives will not either. For every successful entrepreneurial case in capitalism, you have 100’s of other folks with as much intelligence, hard work and dedication as the successful person, not making it.I am not here to speak against personal responsibility, but a focus on social change in economics and politic with gov’t welfare and group self-reliance with personal responsibility would help.I am not here to encourage you to be liberal- I will simply say that the free-market conservatives should just simply throw down the gauntlet. They should just say that they support the capitalist status quo simply because they care about moneymaking and power over everyone else. Conservatives should just say that they are too selfish and competitive to worry about the concerns of poor and middle class people-especially if they are lesser people like the coloreds. The minority conservatives should just acknowledge their inferiority complex from self hatred or just the sacrifice of their group interest for the sake of conformity and wealth/ power.

  • Glad to see you view both sides unbiasedly meka. ;-)

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