Here’s wishing a Happy New Year to all the Jews in the house. Meanwhile, I’m leaving town for about three weeks:
First I’m going to be in Germany courtesy of the Atlantik-Bruecke visiting Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Berlin and meeting with various folks from the public and private sectors. Then I’ll be in Stockholm for some vacationing. Then I’ll be in Denmark on a trip arranged by the government for some journalists to help understand their very successful policies around efficiency and clean energy. Finally I should back in the U.S. on October 10. I’m going to keep the blog up throughout the duration of the trip and will try to stick to a (somewhat reduced) Eastern Standard Time publication schedule. But obviously with all the travel and the time difference it’s possible that things will go a bit awry here and there.
I’ve been paying a lot of attention to congressional Republicans lately, so I’m expecting to find that all three countries—but especially Sweden and Denmark, the highest-tax nations on earth—are basically impoverished hell-holes full of starving people and death panels.