CBS on Europe
CBS News has a story headlined, "How GOP Candidates Get Europe Wrong." The gist of it is that the Republican candidates are wrong to warn against turning America into a European-style social welfare state:
Germany is something of a cherry-picked example here: according to the OECD, the unemployment for the European Union as a whole in January 2012 was 10.1%, well above America's, which was in the low 8% neighborhood. France was at 10%, Portugal at 14.8%, and Spain at 23.3%. And Ambassador Kornblum is right that Germany's tax cuts and balanced budgets have had something to do with it; Veronique de Rugy explains more here, and also mentions Germany's changes to its labor laws, which had been excessively rigid.
The words "Sovereign debt default" don't appear in the CBS piece, and the word "Greece" appears only in a passing quote from Rick Santorum.
"But if you're a candidate who wants to move to the White House, why worry about details?" the CBS piece asks derisively.
One might respond, "If you're a CBS reporter who wants to make Republicans look bad, why worry about details?"
I've made the same point here myself about the dangers of Republicans using too broad a brush to condemn Europe, so I don't want to be too rough on CBS. The Republicans candidates should be more careful, but so should CBS News.
Thanks to reader-participant-community member-watchdog-content co-creator F. for sending the tip.
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