Robert Samuelson: "A recent Pew poll asked people to pick between freedom to pursue lifes goals without state interference and the state guarantees nobody is in need. Americans selected freedom 58 percent to 35 percent. European responses were reversed: Germanys 36 percent to 62 percent was typical. By wide margins compared with Europeans, Americans believe that success in life is determined by individual effort and not by outside forces. Yet, in their voting habits, Americans often prefer security."