- Apr 5, 2020
This only really means that the USA, with a greater federal bureaucracy with more expansive rights and powers then the EU, should have been able to act more decisively then European nations. The states can act on their own, and some tried to the best of their abilities, but that's no excuse for the federal government to drop the ball so completely. Had the federal government called to action and unleashed FEMA you can bet that the states would not have dallied. As it was, the federal government kept telling everyone that there wasn't any danger, which also meant that several states decided to not act "rashly" because it would be bad optics if the federal government was right.US is several orders of magnitude larger than an EU nation, and is comparable to the entire EU landmass and population. The disparity in prosperity between states would be akin to the differences between Germany and Romania, or Norway and Spain. Some of the richest states in the union in New England, New York and California are twice as wealthy than other states such as West Virginia and Alabama. The first response to this was done in the state-level. It is very difficult to have a good comparison between the two.