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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mark Steyn: America not paying its fair share | percent, government, spending - Opinion - The Orange County Register

According to the most recent (2009) OECD statistics: Government expenditures per person in France, $18,866.00; in the United States, $19,266.00. That's adjusted for purchasing-power parity, and, yes, no comparison is perfect, but did you ever think the difference between America and the cheese-eating surrender monkeys would come down to quibbling over the fine print? In that sense, the federal debt might be better understood as an American Self-Delusion Index, measuring the ever-widening gap between the national mythology (a republic of limited government and self-reliant citizens) and the reality (a 21st century cradle-to-grave nanny state in which, as the Democrats' Convention boasted, "government is the only thing we do together.").


Whoever first called our French friends "cheese eating surrender monkeys" should be made a member of the Academie Francaise. --TS

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how much of that represents per captia defence spending (where the US pays to defend the French and the rest of the West)?

Posted by: titan | Dec 3, 2012 12:47:02 PM