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I'm often taken aback at the view sometimes expressed at ET that there is some nefarious intent by those with more liberal economic views, especially if they live in the west, when they comment on socialized economies.  For example,
So sure, we have problems, but talking about the bankruptcy of European economies right in the middle of the biggest debt binge in the history of the world, fully centerd in the US, is kind of ironic, don't you think?
and from Dodo
The one that is worth to counter here is about jobless numbers - because the underlying truth is an inverted version of the trickery played by some in the West, say in the USA or the UK..
Just taking this as an example, this demographic problem is a problem of most Western societies, as noted in the comment I pulled from Samuelson:
The dilemma of advanced democracies, including the United States, is that they've made more promises than they can keep. Their political commitments outstrip the economy's capacity to deliver.
This is a problem that has received significant attention from more liberal economists in the US, but almost no action to address the problem.  I have commented more than once on this site about my own frustration that specifically with social security, both Clinton and Bush have presented plans to address the issue, both would have made a significant contribution to fixing the problem (I happen to prefer Clinton's approach), but the political will in the US congress has been lacking,,,,,our spineless representatives as usual wanting to "kick the can down the road" and leave it for future congresses to solve when it is much worse.  The earlier you address these issues, the easier they are to resolve.

My point is that these analytical techniques I've presented here are not designed to make France or socialized European economies look bad in relationship to "Anglo Saxon" westernised economies.  Au contraire, they are the exact techniques used to analyze and criticise, and call for change, in the US.  So to Jerome, I actually don't find it ironic at all that I would comment on this issue in France, the EU, or in the US.

I'm only defending myself here--I won't take on the case that there are not those in the Western press, the UK and US government, who do have such motivations.  I'm not saying they do, or they don't--I'm just not defending them.  I defend only my own motivations and my own comments.

by wchurchill on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 02:59:19 PM EST
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