无药可救的美国预算

纽约——任何政府的核心都是预算问题。 政治家尽可以没完没了地许诺,但如果预算跟不上,政治就不过是空话而已。

这样的窘境已经在美国成为现实。 在刚刚发表的国情咨文中,巴拉克·奥巴马总统描绘出二十一世纪现代政府的一幅诱人图景。 奥巴马的共和党对手抱怨这项提案会让政府破产。 可事实是两党都没有勇气承认现实: 如果不增加税收,就不可能缔造出现代化、有竞争力的美国经济。

奥巴马明智地认识到当今世界的竞争力取决于现代化的基础设施和知识型劳动力。 这条规律对任何国家均不例外,但对富裕国家尤其如此。 美国和欧洲必须与巴西、中国、印度和其他新兴国家直接竞争,而他们的工资水平在某些情况下只有高收入国家的四分之一(甚至更低)。 只有将竞争力建立在先进技术、尖端科技和现代化基础设施之上,美国和欧洲才能保持自己的生活水平。

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