Friday, May 14, 2010


The GOP has long accused the Democrats of making America "more like Europe". In their more candid moments (typically involving Duvel or a Beaujolais), Democrats respond "Good! We ought to be more like Europe."

There's a real argument here, but politically, it's time for Republicans to make hay. The argument writes itself: Why not build a Euro-entitlement system? Because (a) you have to pay for it even in tight times and (b) people will burn down their own cities rather than accept cuts.

Some heads-up Republicans are seizing the opportunity. Rep Mike Pence (R-IN) headlines a crowd pushing to keep U.S. funding out of the IMF bailout of Greece and co. Democrats would be wise to agree. We have our own debt problems; why should we go further into debt to help bail out Greece, Portugal, and Spain?

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