Okay, they didn’t word it that way, but their recent “complaint” sounds to me like an unqualified endorsement. The complaint? Get this.
The GOP tax plan will cause companies to flee Europe and return to the US.
The plan will cause companies to move operations to the US, creating jobs for American workers, creating more demand for American labor. And in increase in demand invariably (this is really basic economics here) drives up the price meaning American workers, on balance, can be expected to be paid more. (Acme corporation can only get away with paying starvation wages so long as there isn’t a Bdnf corporation down the street that would love to have their skilled workers and is willing to pay a bit more to hire them away from Acme.)
More companies doing their business in the US rather than overseas is almost by definition growth in the US economy. And economic growth means a larger base for the taxation that remains which offsets the reduced rate.
In short, what Europe is complaining about is that the tax reform will do exactly what the GOP promised for it. The Democrats can scream about “the one percent” and “tax breaks for the rich” (tax break, as a percentage is actually mostly on the middle class, but they never let truth stop them, neither the Democrat politicians nor their cheering section in the major media). Meanwhile finance ministers in Europe fear not the claims of the Democrats, but that it will actually do what the GOP promised.
So what do they do? Do they look at their own tax policies and step up to compete? Nope. They expect the US to hobble itself back down to their level.
Well, I’ve got news for them. Donald Trump is President of the United States, not President of Europe. He was elected to pursue the interests of the United States of America, not those of Europe, China, Brazil, Kenya, or anywhere else. My Senators and Representatives were voted in to represent _my_ interests, not those of those other nations. I’m more than willing to have the US work with other countries in mutually beneficial ways. Mutually. That means that we benefit as well. If you (meaning the leaders of other countries) cannot deal with us on those terms, well, that’s your problem, not ours.
You know, there are a lot of people out there who keep trying to make the US more like Europe. And yet, we’re the world’s sole surviving superpower. We didn’t get that way by being like the rest of the world.
So instead of complaining when the US does something different, maybe you should consider being more like us? Or if we’re really making a mistake (as you often claim), then let us. You can always say “I told you so” later.
But I suspect the reason that folk in Europe keep “advising” us to do things differently is not because they think we are wrong, but because they fear we are right.