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Jonah: I’m with you when it comes to the tax rates of Our Oldest Enemy. When I meet immigrants and foreigners, I like to ask them what they think about America. I’ve gotten all kinds of responses over the years, but one of the comments I tend to hear from Europeans is that Americans work really hard–the subtext often being that we work too hard don’t know how to stop and enjoy life. This is clearly a cultural difference between the United States and Europe, and I’m pretty sure it’s real even if a really smart and trustworthy number cruncher can’t measure it to his satisfaction.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.