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I certainly agree that there are big problems in America in the areas you're commenting on. And I agree with your goal of making sure that we don't export a broken system to Europe.

On the other hand, we must also be careful to not get overly attached to an idealized view of Europe's economic system. There are plenty of poverty issues in Europe as well. It is important to make a fair and realistic comparison.

If you accept that viewpoint, I would submit that the first thing to do is to establish the diameter of the European system. For example, are examples from all states currently in Europe acceptable as comparisons? Or are only the original handful of Western European countries to be included?

by asdf on Tue Oct 11th, 2005 at 08:05:00 PM EST
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