I'm not just talking about WWII either--
When it comes to Europe watching America, he says, “It’s monkey see, monkey do.”
Three data sets supply some evidence. Between 1980 and 2000, the United States consistently spent a larger share of its economy on nondefense research and development than France, Italy, Germany, or the U. K. The gap in overall research and development between the U. S. and European nations has stayed constant during the past 10 years.
Patent rates are a second measure of innovation. Between 2002 and 2008, the annual number of patents granted in Germany was about 11,000. California alone produces twice as many.
In 2008, the U. S. saw 92,000 patents granted, about the same number as the rest of the world.
Benefits of Innovation
This fruitfulness benefits the rest of the world in meaningful ways. Non-governmental organizations complain about the prices U. S. companies charge for HIV drugs. But the NGOs wouldn’t be able to dispense AIDs drugs at all if U. S. pharmaceutical companies hadn’t invented them.
Third, there’s the quality of European and U. S. universities, which is harder to quantify. Anecdotally, we know the reality: nothing American -- not an East Side two-bedroom apartment, not a condo by the slope in Utah’s Deer Valley, not even U. S. citizenship -- is coveted more by Europe’s professional class than getting their children admitted into an Ivy League college.
The Times of London gives four U. K. universities high spots in its ranking but the top of the field is dominated by U. S. schools.
Read the whole article if you're interested--http://www. bloomberg. com/apps/news? pid=2…
Answer on Are liberals who wish to be like Europe aware that Europe wouldn't be where it is today without the U. S.A.?
No sir, I don't beleive they are, in my view, they will deny this! Maybe even dodge answering it all together and call it spin or something.