Tenor, someone in another thread sent me to that link for another reason. I sure can't find anything like that that is up to date, after trying about 12 search strings at Dogpile. I suspect the comparisons have not changed enough in either direction - there was a global boom, now there's a global recession, etc. - that we can't use them. I do disagree that bigger govt is going to help - the only form of big govt that is successful in any of the countries who are doing better than we are in some ways is a socialist one. In other words, I think big govt can be fine in socialism, but the democratic republic form (for lack of a perfect term) of our govt doesn't support it well. Seems to me the author was concluding that socialism works, so we need to lean toward it. It's my philosophy, though, that no one form of govt is right for every nation. It just seems logical to presume that maybe, for example, a tiny landlocked nation dependent on exports like England does not need the same sort of govt we need on this self-sustaining continent. But some of these statistics are alarming to me - these things need fixing.