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Earlier this week, we deconstructed The Myth Of The "Social Europe."
Now, part two:
American comparisons with Europe-
The following numbers are based on the World Values Survey and the International Social Survey Program, and are found at the American Enterprise Institute's website.
1. In (name of country) people have equal opportunities to get ahead:
United States 66%
United States 59%
United States 55%
United States 59%
United States 35%
United States 38
Ask any Europhile what's so much better about Europe than the United States. You'll get the same answer, almost every single time. Europe, you will hear, does not face the kind of cruel inequality that you commonly find in America. Life is more civilized for Europe's poor.
Europe is just plain obsessed with inequality. That's why their average tax burden is so much higher than in the United States. To create a more equal society, European countries tax the heck out of successful individuals, redistributing that wealth into massive welfare states.
Moreover, look at all the things America's poor have:
Nearly one third of America's poor have two cars. Close to half own their own homes. Europe's poor simply do not have these kinds of things.
One idea people like to talk about quite often is the "growing inequality in the United States," when really, the rich are getting richer, but so are the poor.
America's poverty rate has declined dramatically over the past few decades (click for .pdf):
They send pictures like this one around the internet, and everyone chuckles and nods in agreement:
Unfortunately for the Europhiles, it's entirely without basis:
In France, figures show that 18 percent of French children are overweight and one out of ten is obese before the age of 10. Out of a total population of 60 million, if 13 million French people are overweight, 5.4 million are actually obese, a number that is supposed to double 20 years from now. According to the most recent data, one French person out of two is obese by the age of 45.
Indeed, it turns out the obesity "epidemic" in America might have been vastly overstated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated today that packing on too many pounds accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States. As recently as January, the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher: 365,000 deaths. [From 365K to 25K in just 3 months -ed]...
Europe is a wonderful place, with some very wonderful people, but sometimes the myth of Europe takes over the reality. The "Social Europe" many socialists/bureaucrats in the old world envision just does not exist. Meanwhile, the American dream is very much alive and well.
Posted by Will Franklin · 27 April 2005 10:28 PM
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!...
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 28, 2005 07:34 AM
That cracks me up how WILLisms.com is able to hone in on Capitalism in that Willisms babe fashion!...Who else could find a big American babe wearing a G-string, thong, or whatever they are called?...I wonder if her body image is a little off?...Could it be possible she thinks she looks good?
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 28, 2005 08:39 AM
Can't. Stop. Looking. At. Picture. On. The. Left.
Posted by: Hoodlumman at April 28, 2005 08:39 AM
I just stumbled onto your blog and love the hardheaded analysis. One argument that I hope you'll address in the future is the question of European productivity on an hourly basis, which apparently is approximately equal or superior to the US (for certain countries) on a purchasing parity basis. So the argument -- which I have encountered in left publications such as the NY Review of Books -- is that Europeans have in effect traded leisure time for material improvements. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this matter.
BTW, I was just in Italy (in two of the richer northern cities) and my impression is that there are just as many homeless people on the streets there as here in Manhattan.
Posted by: jult52 at April 28, 2005 08:42 AM
Planning a part 3 one of these days...
Productivity issues are definitely something worth looking at...
Posted by: Will Franklin at April 28, 2005 10:58 AM
Thanks, Will. Looking forward to it.
Posted by: jult52 at April 28, 2005 11:52 AM