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Spain Backing Away from Bankrupt Policies that the US is Rushing to Embrace

by Ed Farnan -

Spain and many of its European neighbors are coming face to face with the realities of paying for a utopian nanny state, aka:  socialism.

With 190 billion in staggering debt, Spain is being forced to make economic decisions that make sense in order to continue on without suffering economic collapse. One of those decisions is to start to privatize their government-run healthcare system.  Madrid proposes selling off the management of six of 20 public hospitals and 27 of 268 health centers. Of course this has sparked outrage from the unionized government workforce, who sees a threat to their lifestyle.

Spain, like many similar socialized countries, has a heavily unionized public sector which drives much of its economic policy.  Spain’s unemployment rate is around 25%, yet last year, civil servants earned 30 percent more, on average, than the rest of Spain’s workers…. Those wage disparities are similar to the US ratio.

For instance, according to figures released by the transport ministry, 135 air traffic controllers earned $830,000 per year while 713 earned between $476,000 and $715,000.  In addition, the controllers can retire at the age of 52.

But the new right of center government is trying to crack down on this abuse and bring some fiscal sanity to Spain.

Other economic problems facing Spain are their heavy investment in “green energy” or renewables,  which were made by the previous Socialist government.  This has not  only proved to be an economic blunder, but a job killer as well, with every green job wiping out 2.2 jobs in conventional industries.

The new Spanish government decided to cut all green subsidies for new renewable’s projects, a move that has effectively killed green energy in Spain. The government will also start to tax renewable energy.

Even Germany, a far stronger economic engine than Spain, is buckling under its investments in “renewables.”

They say a smart man learns from his mistakes, but a brilliant man learns from others mistakes.  Does that axiom translate to countries as well?

As we can see from Spain and other European countries in debt and teetering on bankruptcy, their economic model doesn’t work, it is right there in our face.

Yet for the past 4 years our government seems intent on following this path.

A frequent visitor to the White House has been Richard  Trumka, head of the powerful AFL/CIO.  Trumka has bragged repeatedly in the past he is in touch with the White House every day.  Trumka along with  the leaders of the SEIU/AFSCME unions have focused on recruiting ever-growing  numbers of government workers who benefit from higher taxes and bigger  government.

The administration has been highly partisan in its support for organized labor and has appointed members to the NLRB who are fiercely pro union and very anti-business.

The provisions in Obamacare heavily favor unionization of the healthcare industry, which does not bode well for containing medical costs.  As a side note, Obamacare did nothing to curb the multi-billion dollar medical lawsuit industry. Some say lawsuit abuse adds as much as 40% to the cost of healthcare.

America under this administration has “invested” billions of dollars in renewable energy/green energy, with spectacular failure as a result.  We have read about the 26 dollar a gallon bio fuel the navy has been forced to purchase. We have also become familiar with green company names like: Fisker-Solyndra-A 123 Systems- Tester and Ener 1 who are synonymous with bankruptcy.  This does not count billions in grants and subsidies that are put on the backs of utility rate payers who pick up the tab of subsidized wind and solar expenses in the states.

President Obama was just elected to another 4 years as President.  We are speeding towards government-run healthcare as Obamacare kicks in.  The President seems to have a fixation on converting the country to green energy, so it seems the spending in that area will continue unabated, even though there are no breakthroughs in the underlying failed technology..

Will America learn from the European model?

About The Author

Ed Farnan is a syndicated columnist appearing in many publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Daily News and USA Today. He is a frequent contributor to Irish Central. Ed can be reached at edf0483@gmail.com

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Comments (24)

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  2. PaulE says:

    Why can’t we post messages that are longer than a few sentences on this site? I have tried numerous times to do so and they never show up. Is there a maximum word limit or other restriction in place that blocks posts of more than a paragraph?

  3. PaulE says:

    The European saga has been going on for at least two or three years now. Plenty of time for even the most oblivious among us to notice that socialism doesn’t work. Hell, this same nonsense has been going on in several South American countries for the last 20 years, if not longer. Argentina has been playing with socialism, on and off, since the 1920s and look where they are today.

    This is our future: riots, high unemployment, food shortages, economic stagnation, crushing taxes. All if it, if we continue on our present course. Anyone who thinks the United States won’t quickly descend into the same chaos and despair engulfing much of southern Europe, doesn’t understand how we’re being nudged, day by day, into the same mindset that exists amongst the European population. Yet a majority of American voters foolishly decided to re-elect Obama and the Democrats to another term to continue this “transformation” process. We have reached and have now passed an important tipping point in the American values system.

    The very fact that someone as totally unqualified and anti-American as Obama could not only become president, but win re-election says a lot about how effective the dumbing down of the general public has been over the last 40 years. When a large percentage of Americans think that the policies that are being preached daily from the White House and the left are “moderate positions”, instead of recognizing them as the standard class warfare, politics of envy, divide and conquer pitches of socialism that they really are, you end up facing what we have today.

    You ask “Will America learn from the European model?”. I would have to say unfortunately no. The almost total lack of critical thinking skills in many of the young today and many of their parents is truly frightening. They cannot process and analyze what should be rudimentary concepts to come to the correct conclusion. So how are they going to be able to intelligently distinguish what should be the correct course of action from the continuous stream of leftist propaganda that is being thrown at them every day. They simply can’t.

    They have been taught to comply with “the group” to form consensus opinions, not develop rational conclusions on their own. This herd mentality type of thought does not lead to individuals asking their leaders the hard and uncomfortable questions necessary to keep politicians honest or weed out the incompetent from the competent. This herd mentality does lead however to people who can repeat Democrat “talking points” non-stop and mindlessly. Yet be totally unable to justify any of the positions they are espousing with real facts and data. The old saying of “a mile wide but only an inch deep” comes to mind when trying to have an intelligent conversion with many of these folks.

  4. DrJCA1 says:

    I suspect that most intelligent people have conservative views on economics. However, when the fools on the right add in the holier-than-thou issues of abortion, birth control, gay marriage, etc, they simply hand the nation over to the liberals. Mind your own business on these issues and we will win every election from now on. Keep up the manure of piousness and we will lose every election from now on. We need to dump the extremists in our party and focus on the real important isssues of the day – jobs, education, a sensible immigration policy, a realistic foreign policy, and a way to help those in trouble for a short time, not having them dependent on the government for years or decades.

    • PaulE says:

      Yes, when we stick to economics, it’s hard for us to be lose. When we decide to be the moral compass of the world, whether everyone likes it or not, we end up alienating so many. You would have thought at some point this would have sunk in.

    • NotaDr says:

      I gather your definition of “Fool” is someone who doesn’t agree with you on whether the issues you cited are that important.

  5. Milos says:

    I have posted this comment elsewhere and now here…simply put:

    July 4, 1776…brave Americans declare “Independence Day” and fight a war for their freedom.

    November 6, 2012…duped Americans, without so much as a slap fight, willingly vote that freedom away, essentially declaring…”Dependence Day”.

    Our 200 years has passed and it is likely this country will never recover…his “fundamental transformation” has won out.
    The fact that any more than 10% voted the way they did is all the proof needed.

    • PaulE says:

      When the majority of the voting public decides that they would rather have a check from the government than a job, then the country is done. That date occurred on November 6, 2012. We may not like it and it may make us mad as hell, but we have to accept the fact that it is reality. America’s future is the same as Greece or France or Spain. Prepare accordingly for the chaos and economic collapse that is coming.

      • TonyC says:

        Yes, we should be ready for the chaos that will be coming. Perhaps Obama knows this and it is another reason why he is so ‘anti gun’. How are we to protect ourselves against such chaos when we are all disarmed? Who is going to protect us? The Government? No way. the Police? No, they’re only going to be there after chaos ensues to attempt to keep order. Those who cannot protect themselves will be part of that group that will be trampled upon by an uncontrollable mob looking to get what they can, anyway they can to care for those close to them. Chaos is coming and the government knows it. They are planning ahead for it and national gun control is part of the plan.

  6. PaulE says:

    The European saga has been going on for at least two or three years now. Plenty of time for even the most oblivious among us to notice that socialism doesn’t work. Hell, this same nonsense has been going on in several South American countries for the last 20 years, if not longer. Argentina has been playing with socialism, on and off, since the 1920s and look where they are today.

    This is our future: riots, high unemployment, food shortages, economic stagnation, crushing taxes. All if it, if we continue on our present course. Anyone who thinks the United States won’t quickly descend into the same chaos and despair engulfing much of southern Europe, doesn’t understand how we’re being nudged, day by day, into the same mindset that exists amongst the European population. Yet a majority of American voters foolishly decided to re-elect Obama and the Democrats to another term to continue this “transformation” process. We have reached and have now passed an important tipping point in the American values system.

    The very fact that someone as totally unqualified and anti-American as Obama could not only become president, but win re-election says a lot about how effective the dumbing down of the general public has been over the last 40 years. When a large percentage of Americans think that the policies that are being preached daily from the White House and the left are “moderate positions”, instead of recognizing them as the standard class warfare, politics of envy, divide and conquer socialism pitches they really are, you end up facing what we have today.

    You ask “Will America learn from the European model?”. I would have to say unfortunately no. The almost total lack of critical thinking skills in many of the young today and many of their parents is truly frightening. They cannot process and analyze what should be rudimentary concepts to come to the correct conclusion. So how are they going to be able to intelligently distinguish what should be the correct course of action from the continuous stream of leftist propaganda that is being thrown at them every day. They simply can’t.

    They have been taught to comply with “the group” to form consensus opinions, not develop rational conclusions on their own. This herd mentality type of thought does not lead to individuals asking their leaders the hard and uncomfortable questions necessary to keep politicians honest or weed out the incompetent from the competent. This heard mentality does lead however to people who can repeat Democrat “talking points” non-stop and mindlessly, yet be totally unable to justify any of the positions they are espousing with real facts and data. The old saying of “a mile wide but only an inch deep” comes to mind when trying to have an intelligent conversion with many of these folks.

  7. Robert says:

    They learn, they just don’ do. It is CYA for them all.

  8. jarrett Shirley says:

    Republicans have to understand what is political and what is not. Specifically, abortion and contraception are not political except when the government tries to force religious people to pay for these things. Overturning Roe v Wade is not a political issue. If it were not for the abortion issue, we could have gotten rid of Barbara Boxer years ago. She barely won her last three elections, and the reason was that her opponents were strict anti-abortionists. I’m sure this applies to other Democrats in congress.

    I personally don’t like abortion, but I can’t see why I should force my opinion on others. For some people this issue overrides everything else, even though they may be fiscally conservative. Over this one issue, we are just giving control of the government to the liberals.

    The Republicans need to publish a paper that explains what they think are the proper functions of the Federal Government and what are not, such as handing out money for reasons that are just to buy votes. Define true needs and who are the truly needy. Then there would be much more money available for these true needs.

    • Jon W says:

      Certainly we would hope that the Republicans dare not embrace the Socialists bias of the Democrats. Who insist government be the say all do all for every citizen. The Democrats credo and platform supports a nanny state philosophy that believes government should provide for them from birth to death. A path that has created the financial collapse and chaos for every nation throughout history that has ever supported it. The Democrats espouse one thing and do the opposite without regard for the will of the people.

      • PaulE says:

        They had a Republican Congressman from Ohio on FOX earlier this week and he called the conservative Republicans in the House “chuckleheads” and he was tired of them. As he put it “they were just messing things up”. That seems to be the view of the Party in far too many instances. We need to clean house of a lot of RINOs before we can expect the Party to stand on principle.

  9. John Heisley says:

    Why did Romney lose ? (1). Massive voter fraud ! Yes there was ! (2). He campaigned on creating jobs for Americans — duh, millions have no intention of ever going to work ! They do not want a job! The handouts they are getting are much better than having to go to work . Where’s this headed ? The problem with socialism is that we will eventually run out of other peoples money. “Chaos”!.

  10. Bob Andretta says:

    Until the voters who truly care about the future of our great country outnumber those who only care about what’s in it for them, we face disaster.

  11. okie says:

    This election was how the votes were counted, not how many voted…..a person was asked last week by a reporter who she voted for and she said..Obama…he asked why….her answer..because Romney is gonna take away my food stamps……this is pretty muct the way the lazy Americans think today…and Obama loves these folks for it, just like more taxes, he gets more power.

    • MAC says:

      You are Right, Some voters though Romney would take away SS,my Niece for one,in May I retired, get only 88% back, & from what i read first time retires did not get 100%.

  12. Otaycec says:

    A visible darkness has covered the minds of the American people who can no longer think rationally or discern truth. They believe that because we have the largest economy in the world, we can continue to grow government. The majority of Americans don’t seem to care about the 16 trillion dollar debt and seem to believe that the government must tap the rich to pay for that debt. People do not understand that the debt was not incurred by the rich, but by irresponsible politicians who always point their fingers at business or somebody else when they bring tragedy and mayhem on the nation. The problem, however, is not with the politicians, but with the American populace who have become Godless, blind and immoral.

  13. Snoodle says:

    INVESTED? Was it not Clinton who invented the rhetoric of calling tax-and-spend “investing”?

    Tax-and-spend is NOT investing!

  14. Robert Elam says:

    Does anyone believe that a progressive (socialist) type government wants the best for the country? They want power and all the goodies, the heck with common sense and history of other nations that have gone that route.If they can expand and consume the economy, they get the goodies in their lifetime (they hope) and neglect their future generations. King Obama, and his self appointments that are not confirmed by congress, and his executive orders, should be self evident.The republican party for years just sits on their rear end and collects their goodies.

    I believe the government should be run by people who care about the nation more than themselves. We need TERM LIMITS, NO PENSIONS, and INSURANCE like the rest of us. Otherwise, we are headed for a REVOLUTION. I will be gone soon but my children will have to FIGHT.

    We are finally getting some Republicans with BALLS but not enough. Leadership needs to change.

    Merry CHRISTmas!

  15. Don Dunlap says:

    The last sentence of the article is: “Will America learn from the European model?”

    The answer – “OF COURSE NOT!!!” Our politicians NEVER learn from anything except how to spend money. It seems as if their only goal after getting elected is finding a new way to spend money. We should mandate that every other year Congress is in session be TOTALLY DEDICATED toward ‘Eliminating’ existing laws. They never consider the consequences of their actions because they only want to continue to be a member of the “political elite” and think of their careers before considering what is good for the country. If we don’t enact term limits soon, the country is DOOMED!!!!

    • PaulE says:

      Unfortunately, we’re never going to get term limits enacted the way you want them. There is no incentive for politicians, from either side, to sponsor such legislation. Many view politics as a way of life and their only career. Why would they consider giving it up?

      • PaulE says:

        Besides, the American people have the option of simply voting these people out, but time and time again, they keep sending the same losers back to Washington. The voting public is responsible for a allowing a lot of this mess in the first place. Bad decisions in the voting booth lead to horrible outcomes from Washington.

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