A big reason why the European countries are in the position they're in right now is because they cut spending so deeply without any means of generating revenue or putting money back into the economy (ie, spending). It has deepened their recession and instead of the economy growing like ours has done, their economy is actually shrinking. The most amazing part of the recoveries is that the US has done better with it than anyone despite the root cause of world-wide recession being attributed to Americans defaulting on their home loans. It's curious to see that the European countries that have bounced back the best have kept unemployment from rising as quickly as others. These same countries have workforces led by strong unions which prevented massive layoffs. So what is the Republican answer to the current crisis? Is it more of the same that has kept us from plunging into the same recessions that plague the European countries? No. They propose the same. exact. solutions. that prevented Europe from recovering as well as the US did despite a mountain of evidence supporting those who disagree with them. The problem isn't that there no programs that can be cut. The problem is that cutting "entitlement programs" while is does reduce spending, creates more problems than the ones we already have. Reducing what we spend on Medicaid does indeed reduce the budget, but it also means we now have more people who already struggle with healthcare coverage put at an even bigger disadvantage. Lowering the number of people with healthcare coverage is not the solution to any problem. This shows a complete lack of understanding of even the most basic of knowledge into those countries economies. This is incredibly, unbelievably, hilariously ignorant of you.