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Coming back to Europe, the Italians you cite seem to me to be belly-aching without knowledge. The EU does not levy taxes (its budget is small, around 1% of GDP). I'd suggest those people, if the EU didn't exist, would be griping about the Italian government in the same way.
The difference may be several reasons. First, our federal government is proportionally made up of citizens from the states. Second, I dont feel much different from someone from FLorida then someone from New Jersey. I am not so sure the same identity exists between a Tuscan and an Irishman yet.
Another point, the increase of the US federal government is the result of a civil war, and two world wars. Before that, the role of the federal government was limited. Frederick Hayek warned of the danger that the increased need of mobilization during wartime leads to more government control and the disease of socialism. He wasnt wrong.
The Italians I am talking about are pissed about the euro in particular. You may be right about their own government. But the imposition of the euro has taken monetary policy out of it's government's control. So, guess who they blame.
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