Eu-rope Is Mal-rope (May 7, 2012)
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1 “Putin is put in, Sarkozy is put out. The Dutch government is dissolved. The Greeks have had it with not having it. The Germans have had it with having to pay for others to have it. The Spanish have no realistic recovery plan to have it all or even to have it half.”
2 “The have-nots and even the haves have had it. The community described as ‘Socialist Europe’ is now moving to the right. Restrictive immigration policies are always a harbinger of hate on the horizon.”
1 “Generosity emerges when individuals meet their needs and have adequate resources to share with others. With diminishing resources and declining opportunities, Europeans with resources are protecting their piece of the crumbling pie.”
2 “After World War I, the victors imposed unworkable reparations on the Germans that were doomed to fail and set the stage for another war. After World War II, the victors implemented the workable ‘Marshal Plan’ that destined the economies to succeed and set the stage for an exceptional peace. The magnanimous approach was and is considered prudent, progressive, productive and profitable. Today, the Germans have reverted to the World War I model in a doomed effort to end the financial war raging in Europe.”
1 “After World War II, the Germans and the Japanese learned that it is easier to take by investment than by invasion, but that lesson is being lost. Today, a nation’s debt is really little more than a default deferred. The Europeans need to hit the ’ctr-alt-del’ button and build a better economy.”
2 “For some time, it has been just a matter of time.”
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Bumper stickers of the week:
Eu-rope is Mal-rope . . . and on the ropes
Those who know the ropes realize that Eu-rope is on the ropes and at the end of their rope because they gave themselves too much rope and are now trying to rope in their excesses in a way that may only hang them all. They are at the bitter end and are getting bitter.
Make work not war
A nation’s debt is really little more than a default deferred
In Heaven, the mechanics are German, the police are British, the chefs are French, the lovers are Italian and the entire place is organized and run by the Swiss. In Hell, the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and the entire place is organized and run by the Italians. In Purgatory, the debtors are Spanish, Portuguese, Irish, Icelandic, Italian . . . . and the entire place is disorganized and run by the ECB, IMF, FRD and GS.
The Swiss are adequate lovers . . . really