Live Free or Die

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 15 May 2009 00:11:21 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Mark Steyn at Hillsdale College - "Live free or die" is a famous war cry, but it also works in peacetime. If your society doesn't promote individual freedom, it will die. Europe is far along that path. And Obama is pushing America down it hard. Wake up America. Live free or die! [geekwitha.45]

Europe's addiction to big government, unaffordable entitlements, cradle-to-grave welfare, and a dependence on mass immigration needed to sustain it has become an existential threat to some of the oldest nation-states in the world.

And now the last holdout, the United States, is embarking on the same grim path: After the President unveiled his budget, I heard Americans complain, oh, it's another Jimmy Carter, or LBJ's Great Society, or the new New Deal. You should be so lucky. Those nickel-and-dime comparisons barely begin to encompass the wholesale Europeanization that's underway. The 44th president's multi-trillion-dollar budget, the first of many, adds more to the national debt than all the previous 43 presidents combined, from George Washington to George Dubya. The President wants Europeanized health care, Europeanized daycare, Europeanized education, and, as the Europeans have discovered, even with Europeanized tax rates you can't make that math add up. In Sweden, state spending accounts for 54% of GDP. In America, it was 34%--ten years ago. Today, it's about 40%. In four years' time, that number will be trending very Swede-like.

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