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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, October 03, 2005

Go Merkel

Merkel won the last seat in the Germany election, making her ahead of Shroeder Party by 4 seats. 4. Now that's what I call a majority! Redo the election people. Merkel should win. She will actually do something to the german eceonomy, instead of owrrying all the freakin time about "being a counter-weight to America". Shroeder's time has passed. Give it up. Let Merkel be the Chancellor. She earned it!


At 10/03/2005 05:48:00 AM, Anonymous Andrew J. Brehm said...

Forget it!

Germans do not want to save their economy. In fact, they do not even believe that anything but socialism can save their economy.

The LEFT got more votes than before in this election. The reason Schroeder's government lost was not because the German voter moved to the centre, it was because the German voter moved left.

Schroeder's government was too right-wing, too "neo-liberal", too pro-American. That's why they lost.

The world thinks that Germany tried to get rid of Schroeder because he destroyed/couldn't save the economy. But that's not it. Germany tried to get rid of Schroeder because he did too much to save the economy.

German socialists are now calling for a revocation of the social spending cuts Schroeder's government had enacted, and for 4-day work weeks.

At 10/03/2005 07:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me but Merkel's government got more votes, her government is much further right and pro American than Schroder's is. The whole world is starting to realize that socialism is dead and only worlks for so long. Too bad that the older German's don't see that they are stealing from their young. One of these days the people of socialist countries will all be taxed at over 80% and their governemnets still won't be able to provide for them because of sagging economies and the houses of cards will fall. They still have time but their people need to open their eyes and close their hands!

At 10/03/2005 07:50:00 AM, Anonymous Andrew Brehm said...

"Merkel's government" got nothing, because Merkel's government never existed.

Merkel's parties have 4 MPs more than Schroeder's party. But if a majority of Germans had voted for her parties and their partner, Germany wouldn't be in the situation it is in now.

Fact is that nearly 10% of the German voters voted for the socialists rather than Schroeder. Had they voted for Schroeder, his government would remain in power. But the voters moved left and left even Schroeder behind (no pun intended).

The whole world is not realising that socialism is dead. Not by far...

At 10/03/2005 08:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole world is not realising that socialism is dead. Not by far...

I'll give you that....there are people who are too stupid and crazy to see the writting on the wall. They are the ones who will strave when the socialist system falls in. They have been cared for too long to realise how to care for themselves. They can't see that if you tax and tax the working that the economy can't compete because the wages have to go up and up to support everyone instead of the worker and his/her family. When the jobs are all gone and there is no more tax money to collect, you will see but it will be too late for Germany.

At 10/03/2005 06:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anette said...

dear Sam, could you please explain to me in which way Merkel has earned being chancellor?! or am i missing the irony?

and yes indeed, it is a matter of fact that the conservative party is far more US orientated than anyone else but to be fair, it's hard to tell which position they're really take, since so far they've been pretty busy with being against almost everything the (now ex-) government was fighting and working for, simply for the sake of being against it!
plus, Germans are pretty good at crying if someone comes and takes benifits or advantages from them, because no one is ready to accept that cuts have to be made!!the system that was created 50 years ago is not affordable anymore and everyone needs to accept sacrefices! naturally, when a government pushes through acts that enforce those sacrefices the voter feels robbed of (yet for the state more and more unaffordable) previliges and punishes the government in charge by voting for someone else - just anyone. fact is: the savings need to be done and by now the ways to achieve them are pretty limited. therefore it almost doesn't matter who continues the job...in a while he or she will be equally damned by the public!

(as you can guess, i'm back to an internet connection so i will finally be able to write you a proper email...hopefully, you still want me to...) kisses from London

At 10/05/2005 08:26:00 AM, Anonymous Andrew Brehm said...

"not affordable anymore" is a polite term for a more difficult truth. The truth is that Germany's welfare system was affordable and would still be affordable, IF, as a few decades ago, Germans would be willing to work.

This does not mean that the social welfare system is justified or fair (in the real sense, not the left-wing sense), but Germans have become so lazy that its weaknesses have started to show.

Many Germans complain about foreigners "stealing jobs", without realising that the reason foreigners can get jobs in Germany is because there are jobs in Germany that companies cannot find German candidates for. No company prefers hiring a foreigner over a native, the language issues alone make it difficult.

But by now the non-working class in Germany has become such a number that no government can be formed without taking their votes into account. Reforms are thus impossible. This is not Schroeder's fault (and I would not usually defend him!), it's the Germans' fault for creating a system like that in the first place and the third estate's fault for abusing it.

The "poor" in Germany live in two- or three-room flats (without a flatmate, they can afford to live alone), have a TV and a bath and free healthcare. And they believe that this is the standard of living that everybody has a right to (and that other people must pay for).

Angela Merkel tried to dramatically change this system without letting the third estate know. But the third estate found out because Schroeder's coalition managed to point this out to them. Thus the third estate voted socialist, foiling the plans of both Schroeder's and Merkel's.

Don't forget that 35% of German voters wanted dramatic changes (and a more pro-US administration), while another 35% wanted slight changes (and an anti-US administration), while 10% wanted changes towards a system even friendlier to freeloaders (and a more honest, open anti-US administration).


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