Barrack Obama and his bosom economic buddy at The New York Times, Paul Krugman, are huge fans of all things Europe, and of European economics. If he could—and he’s trying—Obama would adopt the European socialist blueprint for America. And the fascinating thing about “Wrong-Way” Krugman is how often he’s wrong. You may recall that Krugman was the economist who, a few months before the immigrant crisis in Europe erupted, proclaimed “Europe is an economic success that… shows that social democracy works.”
The only thing that America can learn from Europe is what not to do. Exhibit number one is immigration. And the lesson is to steer a 180-course away from what Europe has done, is doing.
If a nation doesn’t mind destroying itself from within, emulate Europe. But if you prefer freedom and a better chance at insulation from terrorism, better reject Obama’s cultural “diktates” and Krugman’s economic balderdash.
Evaluating Europe’s future starts with understanding that it champions unlimited government and economic redistribution. Europe’s total government spending averages about 49 percent of gross domestic product.
Obama’s prolonged effort to rip America away from the free market toward government subjugation is epitomized in his attitude toward France. “France is Obamaland,” as one writer put it. Obama loves the “French paradise,” where its people retire at 55 or 60. They have a 35 hour workweek, constant union strikes and stratospheric taxes. Successful French people leave the country in droves. France’s health care system is “free”; of course it’s engulfed in central government red tape and smothering regulations. Nearly half of French patients must wait a month or longer just to see a health specialist.
As a portent to what lies in store for Americans if Obama is successful at making us euro-like, let me paint the probable future of Europe. The picture is not pretty.
First, Muslim jihadism is embedded all over Europe, and growing profusely. In October alone, nearly a quarter of a million refugees entered the European Union. The German president says she will take in about a million refugees, while several hundred thousand more will arrive in other euro countries. Some of them will not be real refugees, but trained terrorists. Europe will not be able to stop this onslaught, because the border is almost endless and large sections are open to the sea and to human smugglers in the Mediterranean. Europe has opened its gates to diversity and foreigners who will not assimilate or renounce their ancestral laws and culture.
Next, Europe’s defenses are crumbling and its military capabilities have declined year after year. Europe has underinvested in its navies and coast-guards. Years of failed fiscal policies and stagnating economic systems have left nations living from hand to mouth. In short, the European states have gone for years without robust economies and demographic growth. This not only devastates European budgets, it weakens each nation’s ability to pay welfare entitlements and stem the rising radical immigration communities within their borders. It means that disorder in these countries will metastasize, with more blood in the streets and longer welfare lines.
But Europe’s largest problem is the millions of people who live in European states who are not loyal to those nations. Europe’s openness in its “Era of No Fences” will be its destroyer, because it has built its future on wrong assumptions. It has itself to blame, and is learning a stark lesson about the dark side of multiculturalism and diversity.
Americans need to be careful not to fall into Europe’s politically correct multicultural abyss. There is a limit to “celebrating our differences.” We need to be honest with ourselves about the dangers of multiculturalism and the diversity movement. Diversity and cultural mingling exacts a price and often does not increase community harmony. Many organizations that require diversity have lost their ability to focus; achieving results or reaching workable answers often becomes impossible. Standards and principles are jettisoned along the way to reaching “common ground.”
Multiculturalism has a downside. Unbridled cultures, customs and beliefs, like too many bakers, have spoiled the Left’s European pie. We can’t let it happen here.
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