Poland and the U.S. are like two trains passing in the night, AWB President Don Brunell writes in his weekly column.
Brunell, who recently visited Poland to attend a week-long business bootcamp for students, notes that Poland's economy was the only one in the 27-nation European Union to avoid a recession in 2009. And while most European economies continue to struggle, Poland saw a 4 percent rise in GDP this year.
Meanwhile, the U.S. economy remains stuck in the weakest recovery since World War II.
Most troubline, Brunell adds, is that President Obama and his allies believe more government intervention, higher taxes and more regulation will restore prosperity.
But government intrusion never works, a lesson that the Polish people know all too well from the era of Soviet domination and government control. Poland is eager to learn about the innovation and creativity of our market-based economy, but they are puzzled by the path our nation is taking.
"America's economic freedoms inspired a revolution in Poland," Brunell writes. "Now the Poles wonder if we've lost our way and are on the wrong track."