On the eve of our 235th birthday, a columnist for the Post business section tells the USA it’s about time to realize we could learn a few things from our elder nations.
Government as the problem? “Government” is not the problem, “bad government” is the problem. There is an enormous distinction between the two.
Being surrounded by two oceans – and being so powerful since WWII – has allowed you to become too insular. Your “not-invented-here” attitude has led you to miss many other good ideas. Have a look around the world and see what other countries are doing right:
Canada managed to come through the financial crisis unscathed – what was it about its banking regulations that protected it? Why is Finland the best country for education? Why does Australia have the world’s lowest jobless rate? How are Germany’s highways so darned good? What is it about Japan’s health-care system that has made it the best in the world? Norway has the highest adult literacy level and is often ranked as having the best quality of life; what is it doing right? And Singapore has the highest per-capita GDP and one of the recession’s fastest-growing economies. Why?
It sure wouldn’t hurt you to put your pride aside and take a few lessons from the best ideas in the world.
He has many other examples of ways we as a society need to grow up and take responsibility for maturely addressing our problems.
Unfortunately most of the politicians out touting their patriotism this weekend will pay attention to none of it.