Class: How to get German money 101
1) Call them a Nazi…does it work? (yes/no), if no, go to 2)
2) Remind them about WWII (70 years ago) and make them feel bad….does this work? (yes/no), if no, go to 3)
3) Tell them they would benefit the most from giving their money…does this work? (yes/no), if no, go to 4)
4) Tell them they are not social/european enough and they are selfish…does this work? (yes/no), if no, go to 5)
5) Threaten them …..
But never, NEVER, take any own responsibility, never tax the rich or pay taxes, never blame own corrupt politicians, ….
Class dismissed [bron]
And just how, pray tell, does German acquiesence to the demands of the desperate European periphery convince the Greeks to pay their taxes? The Italians to end their widespread corruption and the practice of crony capitalism? The Spanish to rein in the out of control fiscal antics of her regional governments? IMHO Ms. Merkel, and her German constituency, are quite correct in their contention that alleviating Greek/Spanish/Italian/etc. pain in the short run through a massive infusion of (mostly) German money, which is what the Economist proposes in it’s desperate plea for Euro salvation, will produce only one important lesson: crime DOES pay. It’s a hard and brutal calculation that the Germans are engaged in, but perhaps they have calculated that Germany is better equipped to survive the cataclysm of a euro breakup than the slow suicide of bailing out the unworthy on a continuing basis. [bron]
De Economist legt de schuld voor de Euro crisis bij Duitsland. De lezers laten echter in de comments blijken niet dom te zijn en maken gehakt van de anti-Duitse artikelen waarin feitelijk schuldensocialismepropaganda wordt bedreven.