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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Germany Dropping Fast And Accepting It

From Mike Taylor:

Germany’s Election: Things Will Have to Get a Lot Worse Before They Get Better

Subhead:
“…A fellow in Marseilles is being charged with fraud because he lived with the dead body of his mother for five years in order to continue receiving her pension of 700 euros a month.” (He hid her body under pile of rubbish in the living room.)


This article by Mark Steyn should be appreciated by all Et Tu Bloggers. Germany recently had an important national election and Gerhard Schroeder (he of the famous “Axis of Weasels”) finished in a virtual dead heat with Angela Merkel, a reform candidate who lost her nerve as the election date got closer.

Steyn concludes that a good percentage of Germans are just not ready to acknowledge that their economy is moribund and their addiction to welfare payments isn’t helping them make good decisions. Steyn describes what it all means with much more panache and precision than I possibly could.

To wit: Like the man in Marseilles, many in Europe’s electorate are willing to put up with the stench of a dead and/or dying socialist economy as long as the meager welfare checks keep coming. Here are the cold hard German facts:

German unemployment? The highest for 70 years. At 11.4%... just think if the USA had that many jobless! Would any President be re-elected with that number?
German house prices? Down.
German new car registration? Nearly 15 per cent lower than in 1999.
A third of Germans under 30 think the United States government was responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11.

But Schroeder was against the invasion of Iraq… that’s got to count for something, right?


Michael Taylor

1 Comments:

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