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While it’s true that
Poland is one of Europe’s fastest-growing economies and boasts dynamic
entrepreneurs, Romney’s depiction of Poland as a place of small
government is debatable. Even 23 years after throwing off a communist
command economy, the Polish government continues to have a strong
presence in people’s lives: it gives women $300 for each baby they have,
doubling that sum for poor families; it fully funds state university
educations; and it guarantees health care to all its 38 million
citizens.

And while Poland’s economic growth has certainly been
impressive in recent years, this is partly the result of economic
redistribution in the form of subsidies that have been flowing in from
the European Union since it joined the bloc in 2004.

“Rather than
heeding the false promise of a government-dominated economy, Poland
sought to stimulate innovation, attract investment, expand trade, and
live within its means,” Romney said in a speech in Warsaw. “Your success
today is a reminder that the principles of free enterprise can propel
an economy and transform a society.”

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