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Should America Model its Social and Economic Policies After Europe?

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Published on Jan 22, 2010

As the President looks at the state of our union for ideas that improve the American economy, health care, and support for families, many are looking abroad for examples.

Europe's brand of "social capitalism" has been held out as both an example for America to emulate, and one for it to avoid. Some believe the U.S. should develop a government-regulated health care system as in Europe, and that the more comprehensive supports for workers and families developed in Europe should be copied here. Others see European policies as building a welfare state that is too expensive and centrally controlled to work in America. What is your view? What should be our President's?

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