Western Europe? Do you mean Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, The Netherlands? Real bad. Did you know that all those countries, and more, are doing fairly well in spite of a very stubborn worldwide recession? Did you know these countries, in no worst shape and oftentimes better shape than the U.S. have the shortest working hours, minimum; 6 weeks' paid vacation, one-year full maternity/paternity leave, children'a allowances, fully-funded and no-premium health care, free, totally free education including university, and they do have some pretty good ones.All you have to do is look at Western Europe to see what the Left has done to their economies.
Other countries like Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, are in heap big trouble, but no bigger than yours, did you know that? Check out each of those countries' debts as per GDP. You may just be surprised. And don't forget, they enjoy the same conditions as the countries I've mentioned.
Do you homework before blurting out uninformed statements.