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After Romney Comment, Spain Asserts it has 'Little to Envy' in Regard to the American People (El Semanal, Spain)
country is too big not to be better understood by some. But don’t you worry, we
will try to explain it to them. ... I think we have very little to envy when it
comes to other peoples, and that includes the Americans. ... And by the way, we
are also very proud of our welfare state."
-- Deputy Prime Minister Monsyer Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría
Translated By Neus Coll Ruiz
October 6, 2012
- El Semanal - Original Article (Spanish)
On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Monsyer
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said that her government will attempt to "explain"
Spain's potential to Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency Mitt Romney.
She stressed that the country is "too big not to be better understood by
some." And she also asserted outright that when it comes to the American people,
Spain has "little too envy."
This was the response of Sáenz
de Santa María following a statement by the
Republican candidate during his debate against incumbent U.S. President Barack
Obama, that he didn’t want to follow the path taken by Spain, which dedicates 42
percent of its economy to government expenditures.
[Editorial Note: Mitt Romney's debate comment about Spain was: "You never balance the budget by raising taxes. ... Spain - Spain spends 42 percent of their total economy on government. We're now spending 42 percent of our economy on government. ... I don't want to go down the path to Spain. I want to go down the path of growth that puts Americans to work, with more money coming in because they're working."]
"I have seen this type of ignorance many times
before when it comes to the potential of Spain's economy. The trademark 'Spain'
does not belong to the Spanish government; it is the mark of a country that has
made an exemplary transition, a country that has seen its per capita grow income
grow over the last 50 years, and which has created a large number of new jobs."
At a press conference after a meeting of the Council of
Ministers, Sáenz Santamaría
insisted that Spanish companies are "among the best in the world,"
and that there are "world leaders in many sectors who are Spanish."
"And of course, this is a country is too big not to
be better understood by some. But don’t you worry, we will try to educate
them," she emphasized.
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Thus, the government's "number two" said she values
the "cooperative effort" put forward by both [the last and current]
administrations, as well as "many Spanish" in this time of crisis,
who are well aware that Spain "has overcome very difficult times before,
and will do so again." And she added, "I think we have very little to
envy when it comes to other peoples, and that includes the Americans."
Moreover, after again highlighting the "efforts"
and "capacity" of the Spanish people again, the prime minister
stressed that over the years, Spain has "greatly shrunk" the gap in per
capita income in comparison with the American model. She concluded, "And
by the way, we are also very proud of our welfare state."
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