An excellent article at the Wall Street Journal on Sweden’s economy and how it’s bouncing back: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/five-economic-lessons-from-sweden-the-rock-star-of-the-recovery/2011/06/21/AGyuJ3iH_story.html
Economic issues truly make me the most disappointed in our government, as lawmakers truly show their selfishness with an inability to put the good of the nation ahead of their own polls in their own districts. I do realize of course, that they represent their constituents, but I don’t believe that the intent of representative government was to represent your district AT THE EXPENSE OF your fellow citizens. Congress needs to realize that a huge deficit and unstable budget are the biggest threats to our nation, and be willing to enact some short-term pain in favor of long-term stability.
Whenever another nation does it right (no matter what the topic), we have all these idiots on the news screaming “we’re America! We LEAD, we don’t follow what other countries do!” Well guess what, suck it up cupcake, because while we still do a lot of great things, we’re not the best at everything anymore, and it’s time we realized that being a stubborn, arrogant, “patriotic” ass isn’t going to get you anywhere except in the opinion polls of a public that’s in denial. We should be looking not only to Sweden for it’s fiscal practices (and yes, I know that we can’t, or perhaps even shouldn’t adopt all, or even many of them, but have an open mind people!), but other countries that are doing well in other areas, and find out what we can take from them.