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You're right, in my view, about almost everything -- in particular the thirty-year period during which the prosperity of the working and middle classes has been under deliberate attack.

You're mistaken, though, to imagine that "none of [this] is true of Europe". Exactly the same forces have been at work in Europe. The rich/poor divide has greatly widened. The old industrial working class has been pretty much shafted. There is no longer the feeling -- anywhere in Europe -- that there's an upward movement, that tomorrow will be better than today for people who are willing to work. (Sorry, I forgot some parts of Europe, like Monte Carlo, Davos, Lichtenstein, etc...)

The difference, certainly, is that the safety net is better here than in the US. So we have people on unemployment benefit or other forms of "welfare", who would forced to work two low-payed jobs in the States just to survive. We have the unemployed, America has a far greater number of working poor.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jul 1st, 2005 at 03:01:16 AM EST
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