I read an interesting Op-Ed piece the other day (NYT! Look out!) about how Ireland is the second wealthiest nation in the EU (second only to Luxemburg) - Loads of big business head that way, corporate taxes are very low and incentives are given by the gov. etc. At the same time, college is practically free, as is the health/medical sector. Interesting blend, if you think about it: socially progressive but friendly to business. (and businesses love the fact that there's an educated population without ever having to pay health benefits - and the numerous discussions about how GM is ruined because of unions/benefits package popped into my head.) here's the op-ed: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/29/o... and Op-Ed/Op-Ed/Columnists/Thomas L Friedman I wonder if we can discuss this tactfully?