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(USA Today)   Spain's labor unions "have enjoyed a social prestige and power that was not seen anywhere else in Europe." Yet Spain's unemployment rate is over 24%, highest in the eurozone. Can you explain that?   (usatoday.com) divider line 9
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2012-06-10 10:18:08 PM
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Yeah, it's because the ECB is demanding harsh austerity measures from a government that, prior to the 2007 crash caused by assholes building a securities bubble, had a balanced budget and was paying down their national debt.

Oh, gosh subby, was that not the reality-based answer that you were expecting? Should I talk about what a Commie Paul Krugman is, and say LOLStimufail, or some other anti-Keynesian bullshiat? Because no.

In the meantime, Germany is doing pretty damned good, thanks to a mix of fiscal sensibility, employer subsidies, and broad-based government investment in the private economy. See also: Sweden. Or don't, subby, because you might encounter the real f*cking world, and the Hayekian dildo you've been riding so hard would break.
2012-06-11 04:27:28 AM
9 votes:
Wikipedia lists twenty-two different dog breeds "originating in Spain." Yet the traditional Spanish tortilla de patatas contains 0% dog, lowest of any omelette in the Eurozone (tie). Can you explain that?
2012-06-11 03:20:49 AM
4 votes:

Generation_D: The Right Wing in America wants to destoy all but themselves. Once those drones get done over Afghanistan maybe we can fly a few over Fox News ... or maybe your house, subby.


I've started a new practice of blocking the Fox "News" channel in hotel rooms when I travel. It's quite satisfying to know some dumbass will get all pissy missing Fartbongo porn.
2012-06-11 04:21:09 AM
2 votes:

kmmontandon: Yeah, it's because the ECB is demanding harsh austerity measures


Hey now, it's a proven fact that austerity is great for an economy! Sure, it's been tried dozens of times and has never worked once, but dammit, the theories the Austrian economists cooked up say it should work, and who are you gonna believe, them or that lying biatch reality?
2012-06-11 07:40:39 AM
1 votes:

Debeo Summa Credo: Hint: it's not austerity that is causing hard times now, it's the hangover from the unsustainable boom years.


Still Blaming Bush?
2012-06-11 05:25:04 AM
1 votes:

kmmontandon: Yeah, it's because the ECB is demanding harsh austerity measures from a government that, prior to the 2007 crash caused by assholes building a securities bubble, had a balanced budget and was paying down their national debt.

Oh, gosh subby, was that not the reality-based answer that you were expecting? Should I talk about what a Commie Paul Krugman is, and say LOLStimufail, or some other anti-Keynesian bullshiat? Because no.

In the meantime, Germany is doing pretty damned good, thanks to a mix of fiscal sensibility, employer subsidies, and broad-based government investment in the private economy. See also: Sweden. Or don't, subby, because you might encounter the real f*cking world, and the Hayekian dildo you've been riding so hard would break.


Damn, even my asshole hurts after reading that, and I actually agree with you.
2012-06-11 04:19:51 AM
1 votes:

randomjsa: You cannot pay people more than they deliver in terms of profit for a company.


...unless they're C-level.
2012-06-11 01:23:28 AM
1 votes:

kmmontandon: Or don't, subby, because you might encounter the real f*cking world, and the Hayekian dildo you've been riding so hard would break.


Is there a way to get more than one star to appear next to someone's name?
2012-06-11 01:12:16 AM
1 votes:
It's almost as if Smitty decided to look at one tiny aspect of the nation, and correlate that with the results, while simultaneous ignoring all the OTHER factors that impacted the economy. Almost as if taking an actual look, as opposed to a tiny slice, would be a bit too hard.

Right out of the gate, Smitty got the explanation, so can we please stop trying to make half assed points out a tiny bit of the data and grow the f*ck up? Seriously. This is old. It's old when it's economists who know better try to do it to score points for the folks whose policies they're trying to justify--knowing full well that if things blow here because of similar half assed policies, their butts are going to be overseas so fast, that the Concord pilots are going to say, "Whuddafuxx was THAT?"

That isn't going to stop the folks who like to trot out talking points, instead of facts, that isn't going to stop the Idiot Brigade from repeating half assed lies, and the disingenuous who like to play mouth breathers on Fark to assuage their Mommy and Daddy issues to get some sort of stillborn revenge that the real targets of their internalized and twisted up angst could never actually accomplish because it would be far too much like strapping on a pair and putting on the Big Pants and at least pretending like their an adult.

Are there real issues? Yup. And the distraction that the Idiot Brigade is chittering on like the f*cking Lobstrosities piped up Dad-a-chum? Dum-a-chum? Ded-a-chek? Did-a-chick? certainly doesn't address these real issues. It's just so much mud in the water, and when folks pay enough to put out this much smoke, what in the Holy Motherf*cking Hells do you think might be hiding behind all that effort?

This country has to grow the f*ck up sometime, and soon, and listening to guys who are spinning you fantasies that might as well involve a 24" cheeseburger impaled on your lap while telling you how handsome and smart you are, even with all that disgusting grease and mayonnaise dripping into your chairs, that isn't really helping...
 
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