June 8th 2009
“It’s a sad evening for social democracy in Europe. We are particularly disappointed, [it is] a bitter evening for us.” Martin Schultz, European Socialist
enter-right parties showed strongly in elections across Europe over the weekend, winning in England, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal and Poland, as more hard-right parties gained seats in Britain, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Slovakia and Hungary. Baring the brunt of European frustration with immigration and economic policies, leftist and socialist parties took a beating.
In an economic downturn, the Europeans are making the right choices, voting for parties that promise to cut government expenses, tighten immigration policies and trim social welfare. Here in America, we’re stuck with a president who is plunging in the opposite direction, promising more than 600,000 taxpayer- or debt-funded jobs, fast-tracking healthcare “reform,” and buying huge stakes in our industrial and economic sectors.
It’s a crazy world. Just a year ago, we lampooned the Left for wanting to be like Europe. Now American conservatives can only look enviously across the pond and shake their heads enviously.
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