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...

What the Doomsayers Haven’t Been Telling You About Greece

By Steven Hill, April 15, 2010, Social Europe Journal

The recent battle over healthcare reform in the United States, in which the Obama administration was barely able to pass weak reform, is just further proof of how far the US has fallen behind Europe. Yet all the media has been able...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Greek Aftershock – Will it Make or Break Europe?

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

After the earthquake come the aftershocks. That is a law of geophysics, and now apparently of economics. Well over a year ago, the world economy suffered a massive economic quake of 8.0 on the Richter scale. Since then different countries have been...

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...