Friday, February 03, 2006

Not Peasants After All

Estonia. Bulgaria. Slovakia. These are names that conjure up images of head-scarfed women with scythes. Not any more. The Eastern European countries are already outdoing their Western brothers in the economics department.


[Thanks to pratyeka.org for the picture.]

All three have instigated the flat tax and have lowered their corporate taxes so far that Western Europe has considered penalties for "unfair competition."

It's time for all good men to come to the aid of their party. Those leaders of the Western World would do well to put a lid on their rants, open their eyes, and watch how it's done by our humble Eastern neighbors.

On the other side of the globe, Hong Kong now tops the charts for the most free nation in the world, according to a Heritage Foundation index published yearly here. The US is tied in 9th position with Australia and New Zealand.

Ninth? Yes, ninth. After Hong Kong, you've got Singapore, Ireland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Estonia (Estonia??), and Denmark.

Wow. Hey Prez, tell Karl Rove to shut up and start doin' what the presidential advisers of former Communist countries have done, whatever that is, because it's working better in their strife-tired soil than right here in the West's vigorous free market's own fertile back yard.

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