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The difference between European poverty and US poverty is that in the European case it represents a failure of the system while in the US it is the system.

asdf, you tend to assume that anyone criticising some element of the US thinks that everything is dandy in the EU. That's not true: watch us rant about the latest bit of pandering to the US brilliant statemanship from Blair, the superb ideas coming from the commission or the attitude to our own leaders. But in threads like this we're defending ourselves from the propagandists that tell us we should be just like the US and everything will be wonderful, that in fact the US has too many silly welfare schemes anyway. The pro-free-market Tainiste of Ireland once famously said that we had a choice between being like "Boston or Berlin" suggesting that Boston was a much better model for us. That's what we're dealing with and that's why in these threads the focus is on why the US model isn't such a great one.

We know the problems of our model, and we should really start looking at them in more detail. I suppose that as a result of where this site has come from it's inevitable that comparisons with the US will come up a lot.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 02:31:04 AM EST
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