Tuesday, December 28, 2010

America in Decline: Why Germans Think We’re Insane | Disinformation

America in Decline: Why Germans Think We’re Insane | Disinformation

The European Union has a larger economy and more people than America does. Though it spends less — right around 9 percent of GNP on medical, whereas we in the U.S. spend close to between 15 to 16 percent of GNP on medical — the EU pretty much insures 100 percent of its population.

The U.S. has 59 million people medically uninsured; 132 million without dental insurance; 60 million without paid sick leave; 40 million on food stamps. Everybody in the European Union has cradle-to-grave access to universal medical and a dental plan by law. The law also requires paid sick leave; paid annual leave; paid maternity leave. When you realize all of that, it becomes easy to understand why many Europeans think America has gone insane.


  1. While I agree with the sentiment of that, Germany should be one of the last countries commenting on it. I have never in my life, in the western world, seen as much and as deep poverty as I did in Cologne Germany several years ago. The children I saw there, begging in front of the cathedral, some in only summer frocks and a sweater in the middle of December, still make my heart ache. I don't know if conditions have improved there, but it was much worse than anything I have ever seen in the US.