March 29, 2012 By Daniel Hannan, a Member of the European Parliament
If there is one thing that strikes me every time I visit the United States, it’s that most people have no idea of how fortunate they are. One of the reasons that people here are productive — and it now takes four Germans to put in the same man hours as three Americans over one year — is that the incentives are rigged toward success, toward productivity. If you penalize wealthy people in order to reward poor people, you will end up with fewer wealthy people and more poor people.
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The United States was born out of a popular revolt against a distant and autocratic government, and its model has always been based around the maximum decentralization and democratization of power. Now that model is being abandoned.
The policies currently being pursued amount to a comprehensive program of Europeanization—European welfare, health care, taxes, carbon levies, unemployment rates, and foreign policy.
The community of free English-speaking democracies is the standing, permanent coalition of the willing, but it depends on America’s commitment and America’s keeping true to the Anglo–American common law heritage of freedom, parliamentary rule, and personal liberty without which America is made less exceptional, poorer and darker.