This seems like a blanket statement - and OK - it's meant to be provocative. But I think it's true as a rule. US conservatives look at Europe as an example of the social democracy that they abhor. It's worse - because it seems to work pretty well in many places of Europe.
Jim Manzi recent column about the comparative growth rates of Europe & the US is one example of the attitude espoused by conservatives here. It's a piece rife with factual inaccuracies - a perfect example of attempting to make data fit pre-determined conclusions. He would receive an "F" in any economics class.
Paul Krugman's column fortunately explains why Manzi's argument is completely flawed. Nonetheless, one can count on the US press - owned by conservatives, by and large - to give broad publicity to a completely fallacious argument.
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