Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Simple Map, Shared View
“Norwegians really do have a sense of humour. The EU may be getting the booby prize for peace because it sure hasn't created prosperity[, having instead] created poverty and unemployment for millions.”
--Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party
The establishment and metro America are more comfortable with mainstream Europeans than they are with their countrymen in “fly over” states between California and the Northeast (see above map). Liberals are about 20% of the U.S. population, but dominate elites on both sides of the Atlantic. These progressives are secular, not religious, yet quite intolerant of opposing viewpoints.
The EU with its meritocracy caring for the masses top-down, democratic socialists guiding economies, guaranteeing health care, and linked closely to government unions demanding pensions, vacations, and early retirement, all nurtured by the Value Added (VAT) and other high taxes, is what our Democratic Party can only hope to become.
Collectively, they want ever bigger, ever more controlling government. As such, they seem doomed. For as Margaret Thatcher said, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.”