More from GPS: Should U.S. try to be like Scandinavia?It turns out that socialist Sweden is not as socialist or crazy as the American right would have you believe. Instead, the changes of the last two decades reveal a Swedish government and people who are pragmatic and adaptable.Canada Goose nordby When Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt came to power as part of a center-right coalition in 2006, he moved to cut corporate taxes, and Swedish companies now pay lower tax rates than American ones. And the downsizing of government is part of a regional trend. In neighboring Norway, the leader expected to win next week’s elections is a conservative, running on a campaign to cut taxes.
Slowly but surely, Scandinavian countries are moving away from big government to smart government. Despite the tax cuts and the recent move to the right, Scandinavian states are still big spenders, but increasingly efficient and effective spenders. So although Sweden may have been a last minute addition on the Obama travel schedule, that doesn’t mean there aren’t important lessons to learn there.Scandinavian countries have picked the best of right and left. Canada Goose nordby It’s time we re-defined the word «Swedenization» – instead of a slur, it’s an example of smart economics.
Back in March, many neoconservatives in Washington were extremely dismissive of the way President Obama was handling the intervention in Libya. They argued that he was doing too little and acting too late – that his approach was too multilateral and lacked cohesiveness.Canada Goose nordby They continuously criticized President Obama for, in the words of an anonymous White House advisor, «leading from behind.»But now that these critics are confronted with the success of the Libya operation, they are changing their tune and claiming paternity of the operation. They are further arguing that if their advice had been heeded, the intervention in Libya would have been swifter and even more successful. But the Libya intervention is so significant precisely because it did not follow the traditional pattern of U.S.-led interventions. Indeed, it launched a new era in U.S. foreign policy.