Commentary: Ending Welfare As Europe Knows It

When Bill Clinton first arrived in the White House, Europeans who had been shocked by the social imbalance brought about in the U.S. by Reaganomics felt reassured by the new President. More than any recent American leader, Clinton looked like a European social democrat: a champion of free university education, national health care, and reforms to strengthen labor unions. Three years later, Clinton has not only abandoned such ideas, but he has gone conservatives one better by doing in America's national welfare system.

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