Why Should Croatia Join the EU?

I”ll never forget a conversation I had when I was a young and idealistic Peace Corps volunteer in Estonia with my older and wiser Estonian boss.  It was 1995, and Estonia was at the beginning stages of the EU membership process.

“You must be excited about Estonia joining the EU,” I said to her.

“Not really.  We just left a giant ‘union’ where we were told how to work and what size our potatoes had to be.  I don’t think we should join another.”

I realized she was right, which is why I’ve always been skeptical of the EU.  It seems like it’s brought productivity down to the lowest common denominator among its members and raised regulation to the highest — not a recipe for success.

Anyway, that’s all a lead in for a Daniel Hannan clip which I’m really posting because I just love listening to him speak.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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