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Response to dkf (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 10:31 PM

19. Europe is on much more solid footing in many ways

Chiefly in that they tend to have more effective government policies that balance the needs of the public and private sectors, and achieve higher standards of living and education than we do here. I think all those go together - good education leads to good choices and good government, which leads to more equality in a society, through good government policies.

Sweden as an example:

On the other hand, they are in the midst of an economic crisis due largely (I've read) to the failure of government revenues due to slower than expected growth. At the moment they're in crisis and we seem not to be, but their basic situation of a more equal society, better education, and more effective governments leads me to think that they will solve their current problems.

Depending on the results of the next election, I have hopes but not so much confidence in our ability (as a country) do improve our own condition.

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