Improving their health care system is the first step taken by underdeveloped countries on their path to entering the modern world, while U.S. conservatives seem bent on returning the U.S. to a less-developed status to enhance their already wealthy supporters.
To people across the country who live in states in crisis, and who were sheltered from the full impact of economic downturn in the last two years, the stimulus should be looking pretty good right about now.
Europeans at last week's G20 meeting rejected America's proposal to inject more stimulus spending into their withered national economies. Treating the malady of too much debt with more debt does not make sense -- except to the hopelessly addicted.
Policy wonks on both sides of the aisle have proposed Germany's work-share program (inducing private firms to reduce employee hours, rather than fire workers) as a cheap way to reduce unemployment in the U.S.