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The Dangers of European Anti-Americanism

By Richard Rahn - June 14, 2007 12:00 AM

The rise of anti-Americanism in Europe is a danger to both American and European pocketbooks, and our collective liberty. Here is why: Europe and America are each other's biggest trading and investment partners, and anything that damages that relationship is harmful to everyone involved.

This past year more than one trillion dollars flowed between the U.S. and the EU. The EU now accounts for 21 percent of U.S. merchandise exports and 19 percent of U.S. merchandise imports, and about 34 percent of U.S. services exports and 37 percent of U.S. services imports.

The U.S. is not only the largest recipient of foreign direct investment, but far and away the world's largest investor elsewhere. Of the more than two trillion dollars the U.S. has invested directly abroad, a little more than half ($1.1 trillion) is invested in Europe. Europeans account for 70 percent ($1.2 trillion) of the direct investment in the U.S.

The bottom line is that the U.S. and Europe are economically joined at the hip, and any actions which damage trade and investment between these two economic giants hurt everyone. The U.S. and EU have a combined population of about 650 million people, and their combined GDP equals 57 percent of the world's total.

The U.S. has also provided a security umbrella over Europe for almost 65 years. Europe has adopted much of American culture - from movies and music to fast food and dress, and increasingly the English language (the American version). Even France has about a thousand McDonald's restaurants. Given the growing economic and cultural ties, why the rise in anti-Americanism (despite the hopeful signs coming from Sarkozy's election)?

Some Europeans will argue that it is only anti-Bush-ism - in that they dislike the Bush foreign policy and his personal style. And it is generally true that Europeans dislike Bush more than they dislike Americans. But there is more to it. Europe by and large was pro-American when Europe was growing faster than the U.S., and the U.S. was protecting them from the Soviet menace. But over the last two decades, the major European economies have grown more slowly than the U.S., and the Soviet threat has disappeared.

The increasingly globalized world where the U.S. appears to be more aggressive and economically competitive causes fear and resentment. The U.S. success and dominance highlights the weaknesses of the European welfare state. Only the U.S. morass in Iraq and the relatively low level of the dollar (which most likely will soon be reversed) has given the Europeans reasons to smile.

If the anti-Americanism were confined to verbal belly aching, it would not be much of a problem. However, it is now leading to destructive policies. The Europeans have been more reluctant to further liberalize global trade than the Americans and, in fact, destructive protectionist forces on both sides of the Atlantic are gathering strength.

Some of the European nations have been concerned about capital out-flows (brought on by their own excessive taxation and regulation), and demanded that other countries help them enforce their tax laws (e.g., the EU Tax Saving Directive). Recently, some of the new Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress have proposed equally destructive proposals to prevent U.S. monies from flowing into lower tax jurisdictions - some of which are in Europe (e.g., Senators Dorgan's and Levin's bills to penalize certain capital outflows).

When members of Congress and others whine about U.S. companies moving abroad, they have no one to blame but themselves, because they have made it uncompetitive for some companies to come to or stay in the U.S. The U.S. used to have one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world but now it is at the top of the list. The EU has an average maximum corporate income tax rate of 25 percent (with some EU members as low as 10 percent) versus 40 percent in the U.S. Even France and Germany now have lower corporate tax rates than the U.S. The Europeans correctly rely more on consumption taxes (the VAT), which are rebated on exports. There is no rebate for corporate income taxes, putting U.S. firms at a disadvantage.

The EU has brought anti-trust actions against some U.S. multinationals, not because these companies' activities hurt EU consumers, but because they hurt their EU competitors. The EU has also challenged the protection of intellectual property held by some U.S. companies. The EU has attacked the U.S. for not doing enough about climate change, even though EU members have not met the goals of agreements they signed, such as the Kyoto Protocol.

Economic warfare between the EU and U.S. can be averted if officials on both sides will act more responsibly. Many tax disputes would disappear if the U.S. would move to a territorial tax system (like most European nations have) and to a consumption-based tax system, such as a national sales tax, rather than an income tax - which would have the significant side benefit of increasing economic growth in the U.S. The EU needs to move more aggressively towards trade liberalization and deregulation - which would greatly increase economic growth in the EU. The solution to much, but not all, of the tension between the EU and U.S. is to create more economic opportunity on both sides of the Atlantic - but particularly in Europe.

Richard Rahn is director general of the Institute for Global Economic Growth and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute.


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anti-americanism
Good article and another angle is that it's getting ever more harder for guys like me who are usually sticking up for america overseas. When we see the US keep shooting its own wiener off like sarbanes oxley, high taxes corp and private, capital gains taxes, dividend taxes, now congressmen talking about more protectionism. It's though to counter eurpeans when they say america is in decline. Lots of companies now prefer moving to ireland or slovakia say, rather than the States, and lots of companies have IPO'd in London rather than New York. I am an ex european and one of america's biggest fans, but it keeps getting harder. Oh well, it was a good experiment for a couple hundred years at least. Soon it will be just like any other crappy third world country I guess; too bad.

Talk about avoiding the real issues...
We started a catastrophic war in Iraq that has destablized the entire Middle East, adding to that bungling in Lebanon, trampling on our own highest principles (no torture, habeas corpus) to do so. We refuse to join the Europeans on carbon action. But it's our income tax that's the problem? Give me a break. Next it'll be that those Euros just envy our marvelous medical care system.

Carbon
When are you going to realize that the carbon crap is a scam? The entire point of the GW movement is to control you and your life. Where to live, how large a house, what to drive, it is the home of socialism. Life will be assigned according to your carbon footprint by the ruling elite.

Each according to his needs? What a joke.

Toture, Habeas Corpus? Do you really think we should allow terrorist to enter our legal system? Yeah, thats brilliant. Your a MSM talking point.

Alas, I suppose next you will argue that they have such wonderful health care? Ever look at the unemployement figures in heavily socialized welfare states? WHat price sloth?

Finally, taxing consumption and not production and savings is a sure way to economic strata. The current system is designed to punish achievers. It is a social statement and has nothing to do with fairness. Only those filled with envy covet what others have earned.

Remember the Seven Sins? The left is guilty of all of them. Vanity, Sloth, Envy, Rage, Gluttony, Lust, Covetousness.

"You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

Yet, the entire Democratic Party is predicated on this exact sin.

This is the real issue.




What do you expect from the mule?
He is a socialist.

Trading Partners
Excellent article though I would point out one small error. The EU is not the primary trading partner of America, that would be Canada. In fact Canada purchases more exports from America than all of the EU countries combined. Indeed the US/Canada trading relationship that exploded since NAFTA is the largest such partnership globally.

EU attacks their own
EU has been pressuring Ireland to raise taxes to slow their economy.
Can't have too much prosperity can we?

Not if I can help it.
Were not all sheep here.

Sure, it's all a big conspiracy of scientists and socialists and lawyers.
It must be wonderful living in a simple-minded world where reality never enters in.

>When are you going to realize that the carbon crap is a scam? The entire point of the GW movement is to control you and your life.

Sure. And all those Nobel prize winning scientists don't know what they're talking about; they just want to keep their grants coming and help the green enforcers come out and turn off your air conditioning.

>Toture, Habeas Corpus? Do you really think we should allow terrorist to enter our legal system? Yeah, thats brilliant. Your a MSM talking point.

If they're terrorists they can be tried and convicted of terrorism. Why don't you try this formulation: "Do you really think we should allow criminals to enter our legal system?"

Thank you for the rest of your rant. By all means take your inspirig message to the people - democrats wont stand a chance.

Immediately, straight to the namecalling
But since marjon is sure that Teddy Roosevelt was a socialist, I'll take it as a compliment.

Lame
Lame arguments, lame.

Yeah, lets OJ Simpson these people. It is pathetic. You coddle those that would slit your throat.

GW is a joke. The latest study states nitrogen from human activity is causing plant growth which counter acts CO2.

The earth is a self balancing system.

Scientist? No, politicians. Know what a watermellon is? Green on the outside, red on the inside. YOur life is to be regulated based upon your carbon footprint. That you are to blind to see this is sad.

GW is the home of socialist mutton like you.

Rant? I notice you didn't dispute it at all. You can't for it is all true.

So you don't have any back up, but that doesn't stop you.
Who's this?
>Yeah, lets OJ Simpson these people. It is pathetic. You coddle those that would slit your throat.
"Coddle??" Put on trial is "coddling?" You know they'll slit your throat how? Where's the evidence against this person. If they're guilty, punish them, like any other wrongdoer.

>GW is a joke. The latest study states nitrogen from human activity is causing plant growth which counter acts CO2.

What 'latest study?" Where's the url? Where did you read this?

>Scientist? No, politicians. Know what a watermellon is? Green on the outside, red on the inside. YOur life is to be regulated based upon your carbon footprint. That you are to blind to see this is sad.

But you have no evidence for this either. Just repeated talk show blithering.

>GW is the home of socialist mutton like you.
You've established that all you can do is call stupid names.

>Rant? I notice you didn't dispute it at all. You can't for it is all true.
There's nothing to dispute. You have no facts, no specifics. nothing but noise. But let's see your nitrogen study.

And this is great: "The earth is a self balancing system."
The problem is, the balance it reaches after a bad postive feedback loop may leave a few billion humans dead. No biggie, though.

Well then turn off the air
Guess you better get your CF bulbs and start walking huh?

The oddest thing I have never understood is how using less electricity saves global warming? Since, in the west most is hydro and nuclear exactly how does that save anything?

Until the leftist greenies step up and realize nuclear energy is a safe and required then this is all moot.

Were running out of oil? No nukes, coal sucks, no wood for fuel, I mean, were doomed and it is by political paralysis and no other reason.

Hell, they can't even burn fields in Idaho anymore which is the best way to rest a field. Apparently even growing food is bad for the enviornment.

Well hop dam.



Why not just look at the damn facts instead of assuming you know better than the world's best scient
All you're doing is braying.

>The oddest thing I have never understood is how using less electricity saves global warming? Since, in the west most is hydro and nuclear exactly how does that save anything?

Not sure what you mean about 'the west' - for the US as a whole, 50 percent is coal, natural gas is 16, oil is 3 for a total of 70 percent. But in a place like Quebec, whch is almost all hydro, sure, that's not a big issue.

>Until the leftist greenies step up and realize nuclear energy is a safe and required then this is all moot.
The French generaate most of their power from nuclear. There are problems with waste. As far as 'safe' - there wouldn't be a single reactor operating in the country if the U.S. government weren't picking up the insurance costs: no insurance company would write the polices.

>Were running out of oil? No nukes, coal sucks, no wood for fuel, I mean, were doomed and it is by political paralysis and no other reason.
You're spouting cartoon language.

>Hell, they can't even burn fields in Idaho anymore which is the best way to rest a field. Apparently even growing food is bad for the enviornment.
That's not because of carbon, it's because of pollution, I think. But why not post a source so we can judge.

Stooooooopid
If you can't argue this stuff rationally, why not just admit it and stop imitating the squirrel?

It was a joke.
Liberals are all alike. You don't even have a sense of humor.

Hardy har har har
Reactionary ultraconservatives are all alike. They laugh at their own jokes.

Chicken Little
What ever you say...

Talk about avoiding the author's subject...
But you never were very good at staying on target LeMule.

>"We started a catastrophic war in Iraq that has destablized the entire Middle East,"

So the Middle East was a stable place before Iraq? Hard to take you seriously when you babble like this.

Let's see: Libya giving up its nuclear program, giving the option of freedom and democracy to 50 million people once held under the most horrible tyranny, the ending of the UN's profiteering off that misery, the ending of Saddam's funding for terrorism, the end of Saddam's weapons programs, and the enforcement of 17 UN regulations.

Yep. How horrible. The status quo was much better. Before Iraq, there were no enemies of the US in the Middle East...

>"adding to that bungling in Lebanon,"

The US did not partake in the Lebanese war last summer. That would be the Israelis and they were fully justified to act against Lebanon after an extended period of restraint. When they finally went in they showed more restraint than Hezbollah deserved.

I would say the word "bungle" would apply to the international media and the UN who aided and abetted the Hezbollah propaganda machine. Of course you and Roy jumped right on that bandwagon. It could never be that charitable organization called Hezbollah or there soft, cuddly mentors the Iranians who are responsible. Nope. It is the US and their Jewish puppeteers who are to blame.

trampling on our own highest principles (no torture, habeas corpus) to do so.

>"trampling on our own highest principles (no torture, habeas corpus) to do so."

What torture? Where has it been proven that the US has tortured anyone? As for habeas corpus, I would say, as would the Constitution, that foreigners captured on foreign battle fields have no rights outside of the military code.

>"We refuse to join the Europeans on carbon action."

Have the Euros met their goals? And why would we join ailing economies in an effort to further ruin their economies by taking drastic measures based on an unsettled and highly disputed theory?

Are the Euros mad at us because we won't ruin our economy? I can live with that anger.

>"But it's our income tax that's the problem?"

The author is talking economics. Something you couldn't possibly wrap your mind around. Go back and read it to understand that bad economic policy based on emotions is not good for either of us.

What is more important: Carbon credits or the actual flow of commerce between Europe and the US?

>"Give me a break."

Indeed. Give us all a break and think before posting.

>"Next it'll be that those Euros just envy our marvelous medical care system."

The most innovative, most accessible healthcare system in the world? You bet they are envious.

chickening out
as expected, no argument, just anti-liberal namecalling. puck puck puck.

Making up your own facts and drowning in denial.
I mean, where are you coming from?

>So the Middle East was a stable place before Iraq? Hard to take you seriously when you babble like this.
More stable then it is now. By all and any standards. For one thing, Iran doesn't have to worry about Iraq any more.

>Let's see: Libya giving up its nuclear program,
Which they were getting nowhere on. Which we paid for. While N. Korea built its bomb

>giving the option of freedom and democracy to 50 million people once held under the most horrible tyranny,
The post-Saddam state of things in Iraq is perhaps the only thing that could have made his government look good. Millions of people have fled the country, hundreds of thousands have been killed.

>the ending of the UN's profiteering off that misery,
So we had to have a war to stop this? And is there some reason you're not worried about Halliburton's current profiteering off the war?

>the ending of Saddam's funding for terrorism,
Not against the US.

> the end of Saddam's weapons programs,
Those ended before we invaded. Totally. We have the documentation.

>and the enforcement of 17 UN regulations.
Which could have and were being enforced without invasion.

>Yep. How horrible. The status quo was much better. Before Iraq, there were no enemies of the US in the Middle East...
No, before Iraq there were plenty of enemies and they weren't able to do much. Since Iraq there are many more enemies, and they have much more capability while our capability is diminished.

Regading Lebanon - the point is the situation exploded, deteriorated and the end result is we're in a much worse position. So are the Israelis. Maybe you think this is a good thing.
>t could never be that charitable organization called Hezbollah or there soft, cuddly mentors the Iranians who are responsible.

Sure they did. They're our enemies. They try to hurt us. The idea is you don't bungle things up so badly that they come out of it better than they went in.

>What torture? Where has it been proven that the US has tortured anyone?
Over and over again. start with this collection of government documents.
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/torture/torturefoia.html

But how about this: if we aren't torturing anyone, why did the Attorney General's office have to write an opiinion saying it was legal and proper and part of the President's rights to torture people?


>As for habeas corpus, I would say, as would the Constitution, that foreigners captured on foreign battle fields have no rights outside of the military code.
How about someone living as a legal alien in Peoria Illinois who has been in

>Have the Euros met their goals? And why would we join ailing economies in an effort to further ruin their economies by taking drastic measures based on an unsettled and highly disputed theory?

The question was, what were the issues between us and the Euros. You say they're wrong: ok. fine. But that's still an issue. The author didn't address it.

> The most innovative, most accessible healthcare system in the world? You bet they are envious.
You're got a great sense of humor. You should tell that joke to someone from Germany or France. They'll think it's hilarious.

Habeas corpus - 4th Circuit Appeals Court disagrees
we aren't talking prisoners taken on the battlefield as you maintain:

>As for habeas corpus, I would say, as would the Constitution, that foreigners captured on foreign battle fields have no rights outside of the military code.

"
"Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri came to the United States with his wife and five children to obtain a masters degree at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. In December 2001, he was arrested and charged with credit card fraud and other criminal offenses. Al-Marri asserted his innocence and prepared to contest the charges at trial. But, in June 2003, shortly before his trial was scheduled to commence, and on the eve of a hearing to suppress illegally seized evidence, the President signed a one-page order declaring al-Marri an "enemy combatant" and directing his transfer to a Navy Brig in South Carolina, where he been held incommunicado and interrogated ever since. At the Brig, al-Marri was subjected to torture and and degrading treatment. He remains in solitary confinement at the Brig and has not seen or spoken with his family for more than five years...."

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just unheld his petition to be either released or tried.

What?
I am supposed to argue that you have no sense of humor? That is apparent.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Why don't you try posting on topic?
I'm not the topic,big guy. You're empty on the issues, nothing to say about the Euros & the US? Fine. Then why not put a cork in the lame jokes and the namecalling.

Except from Report from Bush Europe Trip in Salon
...High officials of European governments describe U.S. influence as squandered and swiftly eroding (one minister went down a list of Bush administration officials, rating them according to their stupidity), the country's moral authority nil. Lethal power vacuums are emerging from Lebanon to Pakistan, and Europeans are incapable on their own of quelling the fires that burn far closer to them than to the United States through their growing Muslim populations and proximity to the Middle East. They have no illusions that they will be treated seriously as real allies or that there will be a sudden about-face by the Bush administration. Their faint hope -- and it is only a hope -- is that they have already seen the worst and that it is not yet to come. Even worse than Bush, from their perspective, would be another Republican president who continued Bush policies and also appointed neoconservatives. That would toll, if not the end of days, then the decline and fall of the Western alliance except in name only, and an even more rapid acceleration of chaos in the world order.

Bush's procession through Europe was a pageant of contempt, disdain, delusion, provocation and vanity masquerading as a welcome respite from his troubles at home. In Albania he landed at last in a place where he was hailed as a conquering hero. His demolition derby of U.S. influence was presented as a series of bold moves, but it confirmed the fears of the other world leaders at the G8 summit (and elsewhere) that the rest of Bush's presidency will be an erratic series of crashes. His performance ranged from King Nod, issuing proclamations oblivious to and even proud of their negative effect, to King Zog (the last king of Albania). No president has had a more disastrous European trip since President Reagan placed a wreath on the graves of SS soldiers in the Bitburg cemetery. Yet Reagan's mistake was unintentional and symbolic, a temporary and superficial setback, doing no real damage to U.S. foreign relations, while Bush's blunders not only reinforced counterproductive policies but also created a new one with Russia that has the potential of profoundly undermining U.S. national security interests for years to come....

In Iraq, Bush's policy is now to arm all sides in the sectarian civil war between Shiites and Sunnis. He claims to be devoted to nation building, which he previously dismissed, while he presides over a mass exodus of 2 million Iraqis, upholds law and order while holding tens of thousands of prisoners without due process, and conducts a "surge" of troops to secure the capital city of Baghdad whose main effect has been to facilitate its ethnic cleansing. The Iraqi government, for its part, has not met any of the benchmarks in reforming its laws demanded by the United States as the sine qua non of continuing support."

But our income tax is the big problem???

eric holds the record for squeezing the most errors in the fewest words
The middle east has been unstable for over 1000 years.
There isn't any evidence that it is more unstable now than a decade ago. Of course eric doesn't need anything as trite as real world evidence.

The US hasn't committed torture. Unless you define making someone where women's underwear as torture.

Talk to me when Europe joins Europe in carbon action.
So far they are all talk and not the slightest smidgen of real action. In fact, the US has done much more to reduce our carbon output than Europe has.

Actually, Europeans who have the money, have been flocking to the US for medical care for decades. Not that eric cares for accuracy.

eric's demensia is apparently getting worse
He keeps imagining that all the "real" scientists agree with him.

there is no evidence that there is a positive feedback, much less a bad one
but eric doesn't need evidence, he has his ideology to keep him warm at night.

You
are the one that digressed into GW.

Besides, your way to easy to aggrivate.

you have to have a working brain before you can understand humor.
...

Salon??????
have you really sunk that low?

Yes, Salon
If you have specifics that refute what the author of the story, former white house aid Sidney Blumenthal says, bring them forward. your empty gas noises serve for nothing.

It was not a digression
The subject of the story was differences between the US and Europe. Carbon emissions are right now one of the main sources of difference and friction. At the recent G8 meeting, Bush refused to support a proposal by German chancellor Angela Merkel backed by Tony Blair, offering a substitute that was a non-starter.

My criticism of the TCS story was it ignored glaring US/Europe issues like carbon and the middle east and instead talked about secondary financial differences that are pinpricks. To point this out is not a 'digression,' but an I believe accurate and completely relevant comment. But thank you for your 'jokes,' I'm sure someone non-liberal out there loves them.

Apparently
I am always amazed at how utterly vacant the liberal mind is.

Greetings from planet Mark.
>There isn't any evidence that it is more unstable now than a decade ago.

Hello? Full scale civil wars raging in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Iran on the march. 130,000 american troops in place at a cost of billions a month, but it's just business as usual.

>The US hasn't committed torture. Unless you define making someone where women's underwear as tortur

Read the official government statements on the wbsite I posted and answer a simple question: if we're not torturing, and don't want to torture, and don't need to torture, why did the attorney general have to draft a finding permitting torture?

The rest is more make-up-facts from TCS's biggest and most flagrant source of misinformatin.

And that's why Mark doesn't understand humor
or anything else.

Friction
Were not signing on to the GW hysteria so they are mad? Well, booo hoooo. The whole thing is a joke.

Go buy some carbon credits to aswage your liberal guilt. In the mean time I will burn a old tire in your honor.

Obviously
not much going on upstairs in your skull either; lights on, nobody home.

Mark again posting the first thing that comes into his mind
in total ignorance of facts, without a source.

Mark as usual cannot post anything on topic but continues his obsessive stalking and spamming
Either talk about hte topic or go away. I'm not the subject here.

So now you're chainging your argument
First you said the carbon stuff was irrelevant. I pointed out that it was in fact a major source of friction between the US and Euorpe.

so you come back, that's because they're wrong. Fine. You can say they're wrong. BUt it's still a major source of friction between them and us, one that was ignored by the author of the TCS piece

Perfect Example
"Were all may die of something eventually"

J. Elders, Surgeon General of the US under Clinton.

Yeah, liberals like are so thought provoking.



ACLU
Oh for Pete's sake, were going to rely on the ACLU now? Yeah, that sleep depravation is brutal stuff.

I wonder if the Islamic ***** treat people as well. Oh I forgot, they are simply freedom fighters against the imperial storm troops of the US occupiers.

People like you hate our system of health because you might actually have to pay for it as oppsoed to a useless socialist system where I get ona waiting list for care at a 60% tax rate.

If our country sucks so bad then go live in France. I am tired of whining fools complain how bad life here is. If you want daddy to wipe your ass then your living in the wrong place cause it ain't gunna happen.

Salon and European "Intellectuals"...great sources, all!
Oh my,:"...one (European) minister went down a list of Bush administration officials, rating them according to their stupidity..." Oh My! How ever will the Republic survive? You can almost see the self-satisfied sneer and smirk on the faces of the "enlightened" Europeans so busily rating the "stupidity" of American officials while their own economies sink ever lower into the crapper, while their young people have little or no future to look forward to, other than a steadily eroding government hand-out, while their best and brightest pull up stakes and make a bee-line away from socialism to the U.S. and Australia, where there has been precious little original thought, art and innovation since the Nineteenth Century, where the world center of science, architecture and engineering has shifted from Vienna, London and Paris to New York, Sydney and Los Angeles; where police agencies are afraid to enforce the laws of the land if the purps are islamic. Maybe you and the Amerian Left are bothered by the European sneers. I'm not.

And this proves what?
I mean, one quote from one person and you have a general rule?

And as far as saying stupid things sometimes...
http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blbushisms.htm

Not the ACLU. An ACLU site with links to US Government documents
You think the documents are forged??

> wonder if the Islamic ***** treat people as well. Oh I forgot, they are simply freedom fighters against the imperial storm troops of the US occupiers.
so the idea is that we imitate them? The Germans had death camps, so when we found the Germans we should have set up our own death camps?

>People like you hate our system of health because you might actually have to pay for it as oppsoed to a useless socialist system where I get on a waiting list for care at a 60% tax rate.

I'll add health care to the list of things you know nothing about.

>If our country sucks so bad then go live in France. I am tired of whining fools complain how bad life here is. If you want daddy to wipe your ass then your living in the wrong place cause it ain't gunna happen.

Nobody says our country sucks. I have issues with the current administration. Criticiszing the actions of incompetent grafting Republican hacks is not dissing America.

Endless loop
I voted for the war before I voted against it.

If I knew then what I know now.

The list is endless.

They think Bush is a disaster as President. he is.
This isn't about making hate-the-French jokes. Look at Iraq if you want to see how well the Bush foreign policy is workiing. Or Iran. Or N. Korea. If you want to see a vibrant economy, look at China, growing much faster than the US or Australia. I don't thnk we should imitate their government. Maybe you do.

Underwear
Well no wonder he is such a tortured soul, I bet he wears womens underwear.

That explains a lot...

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