Recent Posts

  • Europe Tax Model Delivers Much More

    By Steven Hill, Sacramento Bee, April 15, 2010

    Most Americans seem to regard April 15 – the day income tax returns are due to the Internal Revenue Service – as a recurring tragedy akin to a biblical plague. Particularly this year, with U.S. government deficits soaring, everyone from the tea baggers to Fox News and Senate Republicans are sounding the alarm about a return to “big government.”

    Ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani even stated recently that President Barack Obama was moving us toward – gasp – European socialism.…

  • Inspiration Across the Pond

    By Steven Hill, March 29, 2010, E!Sharp

    Europe is going through another one of its occasional bouts of self-doubt and pessimism. The great historian Arnold Toynbee once wrote, “Countries have characters that are as distinctive as those of human beings.” The collection of countries known as Europe has never hidden its gloom very well.…

  • A More United Europe

    By Steven Hill, March 22, 2010, Forbes.com

    Greece’s debt situation has pundits taking out their crystal balls trying to divine the future not only of Greece, but also the euro and Europe. Every news outlet from The New York Times to National Public Radio has joined the chorus of gloom and doom.…

  • Europe’s Case of ‘Chief Executive Envy’

    By Steven Hill, March 19, 2010, Social Europe Journal

    Every time Europe goes through one of its occasional crises, calls arise across the continent for ‘stronger leadership.’ The perception of having feeble leadership was a major factor in the push for the Lisbon Treaty, which went into effect late in 2009 and created a president for the European Council and a high representative for foreign affairs and security.…

  • Returning the Senate to Majority Rule

    By Steven Hill, March 18, 2010, Roll Call

    Standing at the edge of the health care precipice, President Barack Obama has reached a defining point in his presidency. The recent news that Anthem Blue Cross is planning to jack up individual premiums as much as 40 percent is just the latest example of our flailing health care system.…

  • Can Obama Bypass Republicans on Health?

    By Steven Hill, Feb 22, 2010, NY Times.com

    Yes, President Obama should push his health care package through the Senate via the reconciliation process. Indeed, it is imperative that he do so for two reasons.

    First, because the U.S. badly needs health care reform. And second, to restore the constitutional principle of “majority rule” that has been thwarted in the filibuster-gone-wild Senate.…

  • Lessons for Europe From California

    By Steven Hill, February 17, 2010, The Guardian (London)

    Over a year ago, the world economy suffered a massive economic quake – and certain countries have been experiencing aftershocks ever since. Two such aftershocks have grabbed headlines, one recently in Greece and another last summer in California. A comparison of these two events reveals something about the respective features of the west’s two leading capitalist economies, the US and Europe.…

  • Americans Pay Fewer Taxes Than Europeans – NOT!

    By Steven Hill, January 22, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle

    Do Americans really pay fewer taxes than Europeans? Contrary to conventional wisdom, the answer surprisingly is: not really.

    That’s because in return for their taxes, Europeans — even those unemployed during these tough times — have access to a generous support system for families and individuals that most Americans can only imagine.…