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September 16, 2002

Sweden Stays Left; Germany Tomorrow?

The Social Democrats in Sweden defied the swing to the Right across Europe and won a convincing victory in yesterday's elections. Helping their cause is that Sweden has continued to deliver strong growth and low unemployment along with its social benefits.

Sweden remains that uncomfortable reality for conservatives across the world-- a high tax welfare state that delivers the social goods and good employment for its population. So much for the idea that only neoliberal wannabe governments can keep electoral power today.

Hopefully, Germany's more "New Democrat" Schoeder regime will learn that lesson if he sweaks to reelection in the next few weeks. And the American Dems should remember that "tax and spend" used to be a proud formula for reelection-- as long as people get value for their money like health care for their kids, they will support increased taxes.

Posted by Nathan at September 16, 2002 12:54 PM

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