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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

US Less Competitive Because of Big Government Policies

In a report released today by the World Economic Forum, the U.S. has lost its position as the most competitive nation on the globe as a result of the big government policies instituted over the last two years:
The US government's sweeping intervention in the private sector has taken its toll on the country's competitiveness, according to an annual survey by the World Economic Forum.

The country lost its number one spot to Switzerland in the WEF report on global competitiveness, partly because of "particular concerns on the part of the business community about the government's ability to maintain arm's-length relationships with the private sector and in the perception that the government spends its resources wastefully".

Barack Obama, US president, has continued and deepened the government's involvement in private industry that was started by his predecessor, George W. Bush, as a response to the financial crisis, with bail-outs of the automotive and banking sectors. The WEF stresses that the US remains a considerable competitive force at number two in the rankings with excellent universities and a flexible labour market.

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