If you've never traveled beyond the U.S., I think you'd have a hard time imagining a society not built around automobiles. Steadily investing in a long-term goal, Europe is now networked by high-speed trains. It's not right or wrong. It's just a vision for European society that its people embrace.
When American politicians threaten that if we pursue this or that government-funded policy, we'll "descend to a European level of socialistic misery," they just show how little they know. And when those messages resonate with the electorate in a positive way, it demonstrates -- sadly -- how narrow-minded and fearful their political base really is.
America is not Europe. We do things differently. And the U.S. does not need to take care of its working people or invest in its infrastructure or respect diversity like Europe does -- doing so would decimate the wealth of our billionaire population. But using Europe an example of failure is wrong. Yes, countries like Greece and Spain are struggling. But other European nations, who embrace these same ideals with more prudence -- such as Germany or the Scandinavian states -- enjoy a financial prosperity that any nation on earth would envy.
With this short clip, you can take a little train ride with me in France. Then...tell me what you think.