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(BBC)   Merkel to Greeks, "RESPECT MAH AUSTERITY"   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 150
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2012-06-16 11:02:22 PM
Yes, I know the Germans are easy to pick on, but hey they gave the world beer. I think they should get a pass because of that.
 
2012-06-16 11:09:39 PM

mikemoto: Yes, I know the Germans are easy to pick on, but hey they gave the world beer. I think they should get a pass because of that.


The Egyptians gave the world beer.

The Germans gave the world Hitler.

No, they don't get a pass.
 
2012-06-16 11:13:21 PM

kmmontandon: mikemoto: Yes, I know the Germans are easy to pick on, but hey they gave the world beer. I think they should get a pass because of that.

The Egyptians gave the world beer.

The Germans gave the world Hitler.

No, they don't get a pass.


Hmm, that may be true but somehow I don't see Oktoberfest coming to Cairo.
 
2012-06-16 11:15:39 PM
How long before this becomes an olde tyme whitey on whitey shootin' war?
 
2012-06-16 11:41:39 PM
Economic crisis is now amusing,subby?
 
2012-06-16 11:54:17 PM

Apos: Economic crisis is now amusing,subby?


cdn.inquisitr.com
 
2012-06-16 11:58:14 PM
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2012-06-17 12:15:36 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Apos: Economic crisis is now amusing,subby?

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Yeah,yeah...I know.
 
2012-06-17 12:22:30 AM
Funny, you'd think the Greeks would be used to taking it up the ass.
 
2012-06-17 12:25:11 AM
Of course you realize that the republicans in the USA are advocating exactly the methods that are not working in greece, right?
 
2012-06-17 12:48:31 AM
The unemployment rate in Greece is only 22% and ticking up steadily. Austerity sure seems to be working.

Besides, who doesn't love a foreign leader popping in to advocate for an unpopular policy?
 
2012-06-17 12:48:35 AM
Seeing as how Deutsche Bank is the one who owns most of Greece's debt, naturally the German government is in favor of austerity in the hopes of getting their money back. And who cares if austerity turns Greece into the Haiti of Europe?
 
2012-06-17 12:48:38 AM

Asa Phelps: Of course you realize that the republicans in the USA are advocating exactly the methods that are not working in greece, right?


It's amazing how that works. You'd think someone went "Look, if the germans are doing it, it must be the right thing to do!"
 
2012-06-17 12:48:39 AM
I don't think she's helping. People tend to resent foreigners interfering in their country's affairs. The sheer capacity for bloody-mindedness in humanity probably means that Merkel secured more votes against austerity with that statement.
 
2012-06-17 12:55:06 AM

Asa Phelps: Of course you realize that the republicans in the USA are advocating exactly the methods that are not working in greece, right?



Not just Greece, but globally.
Not a single country has benefited from austerity measures without receiving some sort of large cash stimulus as well.
 
2012-06-17 12:56:20 AM
Funny. In the chart at the bottom where they explain each party's stance, they don't put "beat the crap out of immigrants" under Golden Dawn's position.
 
2012-06-17 01:01:01 AM

somedude210: Asa Phelps: Of course you realize that the republicans in the USA are advocating exactly the methods that are not working in greece, right?

It's amazing how that works. You'd think someone went "Look, if the germans are doing it, it must be the right thing to do!"


"No one who speaks German could be a bad man."

And though Republicans constantly mock Europe they want to emulate them in this regard.

Maybe after austerity drives the EU into the ground and it disintegrates they'll stop pushing this shiat.
 
2012-06-17 01:01:14 AM

Morrius: Seeing as how Deutsche Bank is the one who owns most of Greece's debt, naturally the German government is in favor of austerity in the hopes of getting their money back. And who cares if austerity turns Greece into the Haiti of Europe?


Are you suggesting a country shapes its policies based on the interests of its largest financial institutions? That's crazy talk.
 
2012-06-17 01:03:19 AM

kmmontandon: mikemoto: Yes, I know the Germans are easy to pick on, but hey they gave the world beer. I think they should get a pass because of that.

The Egyptians gave the world beer.

The Germans gave the world Hitler.

No, they don't get a pass.


Actually, we have Austria to thank for that guy.
 
2012-06-17 01:06:09 AM

Crocodilly_Pontifex:

Actually, we have Austria to thank for that guy.



And the Austrians gave us head-up-ass economic theory.
 
2012-06-17 01:09:55 AM

kmmontandon: mikemoto: Yes, I know the Germans are easy to pick on, but hey they gave the world beer. I think they should get a pass because of that.

The Egyptians gave the world beer.

The Germans gave the world Hitler.

No, they don't get a pass.


Especially since we have better beer.
 
2012-06-17 01:10:27 AM

Asa Phelps: Of course you realize that the republicans in the USA are advocating exactly the methods that are not working in greece, right?


We don't use the word "austerity". Since Reagan it's been known as business as usual and "trickle down economics".
 
2012-06-17 01:12:11 AM
Maybe she's just tense and could use a quick shoulder massage.
 
2012-06-17 01:16:27 AM

Triumph: Morrius: Seeing as how Deutsche Bank is the one who owns most of Greece's debt, naturally the German government is in favor of austerity in the hopes of getting their money back. And who cares if austerity turns Greece into the Haiti of Europe?

Are you suggesting a country shapes its policies based on the interests of its largest financial institutions? That's crazy talk.


Or in Greece's case, the interest of a foreign financial institution.
 
2012-06-17 01:17:11 AM

kmmontandon: And the Austrians gave us head-up-ass economic theory.


Silly austrian economists always babbling on about freedom this and freedom that. blah blah blah.
 
2012-06-17 01:21:49 AM

HellRaisingHoosier: Not a single country has benefited from austerity measures


Germany learned how to do austerity just over ninety years ago. It worked out pretty well for them; just look where they are now.
 
2012-06-17 01:24:41 AM

Triumph: kmmontandon: And the Austrians gave us head-up-ass economic theory.

Silly austrian economists always babbling on about freedom this and freedom that. blah blah blah.



... oh, look, an idiot.

Everyone point and laugh at the idiot who thinks Reaganomics and austerity actually work.

*points*
*laughs*

Oh, by the way, great job your heroes pulled in 2007. That was a bang up job of economic freedom. Maybe someday we can build another multi-trillion dollar house of mortgage-backed securities cards that were tranched, re-tranched, re-sold until no one knew who owned what, that collapsed and dragged down the global economy, because that totally will f*cking work next time. Promise.

Hey ... let's toss in a tax cut for the rich to make sure that house of cards is even bigger as the top tax bracket over-invests in synthetic bonds. Obviously, taxes just weren't cut hard enough last time. Oh, harder, harder, cut those taxes harder while f*cking that custom-order Grover Norquist Real Doll.
 
2012-06-17 01:25:21 AM
Heard the incoming dude and he was making complete sense. He basically said that the austerity is killing their economy. He needs to improve government efficiency and prosecute tax evasion, increase taxes on the wealth, and not discontinuing too much government spending, which is the only thing holding the place together.

Its the only chance they've got. Austerity is killing them.
 
2012-06-17 01:25:53 AM

Triumph: kmmontandon: And the Austrians gave us head-up-ass economic theory.

Silly austrian economists always babbling on about freedom this and freedom that. blah blah blah.


Economics really shouldn't take politics into account.
 
2012-06-17 01:27:02 AM

kmmontandon: ... that custom-order Grover Norquist Real Doll


Now with more pucker!
 
2012-06-17 01:27:18 AM

kmmontandon: Triumph: kmmontandon: And the Austrians gave us head-up-ass economic theory.

Silly austrian economists always babbling on about freedom this and freedom that. blah blah blah.


... oh, look, an idiot.

Everyone point and laugh at the idiot who thinks Reaganomics and austerity actually work.

*points*
*laughs*

Oh, by the way, great job your heroes pulled in 2007. That was a bang up job of economic freedom. Maybe someday we can build another multi-trillion dollar house of mortgage-backed securities cards that were tranched, re-tranched, re-sold until no one knew who owned what, that collapsed and dragged down the global economy, because that totally will f*cking work next time. Promise.

Hey ... let's toss in a tax cut for the rich to make sure that house of cards is even bigger as the top tax bracket over-invests in synthetic bonds. Obviously, taxes just weren't cut hard enough last time. Oh, harder, harder, cut those taxes harder while f*cking that custom-order Grover Norquist Real Doll.


I found it funny he thought "freedom" was something that economics took into account...and that Austrian economics was full of "freedom".
 
2012-06-17 01:30:55 AM
The German strategy for the knockout rounds in UEFA: "Hey, did you know our Chancellor is a huge football fan? Well, she is." "Psst. You get paid in Euros, right? Do you put then in a bank in your country? Just curious."
 
2012-06-17 01:34:12 AM

Sabyen91: I found it funny he thought "freedom" was something that economics took into account...and that Austrian economics was full of "freedom".


OK troll, I'll bite - learn something. See what it says up top?
 
2012-06-17 01:35:10 AM

Triumph: Sabyen91: I found it funny he thought "freedom" was something that economics took into account...and that Austrian economics was full of "freedom".

OK troll, I'll bite - learn something. See what it says up top?


What "freedom" is that?
 
2012-06-17 01:36:39 AM

Triumph: Sabyen91: I found it funny he thought "freedom" was something that economics took into account...and that Austrian economics was full of "freedom".

OK troll, I'll bite - learn something. See what it says up top?


Oh, and if you are going to say "learn something" teach me something I don't know, douchebag.
 
2012-06-17 01:37:17 AM

coco ebert: Asa Phelps: Of course you realize that the republicans in the USA are advocating exactly the methods that are not working in greece, right?

We don't use the word "austerity". Since Reagan it's been known as business as usual and "trickle down economics".


How's this for a lulzy headline: "Europe adopts Reaganomics, burns to ground."

That'd be funnier if I lived in a cloud castle floating high above the world, away from this nonsense. Instead I have this lame-o volcano lair and all my minions are clamoring for a dental plan.
 
2012-06-17 01:40:05 AM

kmmontandon: mikemoto: Yes, I know the Germans are easy to pick on, but hey they gave the world beer. I think they should get a pass because of that.

The Egyptians gave the world beer.


True, but Germans gave America beer. Before Prohibition, the bulk of the breweries were owned by German immigrants.
 
2012-06-17 01:40:27 AM

fusillade762: somedude210: Asa Phelps: Of course you realize that the republicans in the USA are advocating exactly the methods that are not working in greece, right?

It's amazing how that works. You'd think someone went "Look, if the germans are doing it, it must be the right thing to do!"

"No one who speaks German could be a bad man."

And though Republicans constantly mock Europe they want to emulate them in this regard.

Maybe after austerity drives the EU into the ground and it disintegrates they'll stop pushing this shiat.


No, when and if the EU disintegrates the Republicans will blame it on Europe's decadence and Godlessness since the GOP is never wrong about anything ever.

/"No one who speaks German could be a bad man."
//Love that quote.
 
2012-06-17 01:41:20 AM

Triumph: Sabyen91: I found it funny he thought "freedom" was something that economics took into account...and that Austrian economics was full of "freedom".

OK troll, I'll bite - learn something. See what it says up top?



A vague slogan that isn't backed up by reality?

Because perhaps you could explain better. So that we can mock you better. You see, you're presenting a product, and it's known as "bullsh*t." And we ... we shall judge that product with all the harshness of the free market of ideas.

Don't hope for a bailout when you file for intellectual bankruptcy.
 
2012-06-17 01:46:14 AM

kmmontandon: Crocodilly_Pontifex:

Actually, we have Austria to thank for that guy.


And the Austrians gave us head-up-ass economic theory.


Hey! In their defense, they do have all those cute kangaroos and those cuddly little bears!
 
2012-06-17 01:55:18 AM
 
2012-06-17 01:58:28 AM

kmmontandon: Triumph: Sabyen91: I found it funny he thought "freedom" was something that economics took into account...and that Austrian economics was full of "freedom".

OK troll, I'll bite - learn something. See what it says up top?


A vague slogan that isn't backed up by reality?

Because perhaps you could explain better. So that we can mock you better. You see, you're presenting a product, and it's known as "bullsh*t." And we ... we shall judge that product with all the harshness of the free market of ideas.

Don't hope for a bailout when you file for intellectual bankruptcy.


You know - the funny thing is I'm not really down with the austerity stuff (it's too late) and never said I was, but I do believe that governments and businesses need to balance their books just like households do. If you don't, a reduced standard of living will result - ask Warren Sapp or any of the formerly rich. Yes, the Greeks are being preyed upon by financial institutions, but they are the ones who gave up their own freedom to print money and regulate banks. They gave up sovereign control over their banking. So did the United States in 1913. We're in nearly as much trouble as they are, but don't know it yet.
 
2012-06-17 02:01:49 AM

Triumph: You know - the funny thing is I'm not really down with the austerity stuff (it's too late) and never said I was, but I do believe that governments and businesses need to balance their books just like households do


So you actually DO believe in austerity in bad times.
 
2012-06-17 02:09:26 AM
Merkel will lose her election next year. She can shut up.
 
2012-06-17 02:09:49 AM

Triumph: but I do believe that governments and businesses need to balance their books just like households do


Unfortunately when a government does it at the wrong time it can send an economy off a cliff.
 
2012-06-17 02:13:02 AM

Sabyen91: So you actually DO believe in austerity in bad times.


For myself, personally? Yes. If my income drops, I don't choose debt, I choose to reduce my consumption. Governments can print money, which simply spreads the pain via inflation. Same difference, you just can't afford to send the kids to college anymore because your standard of living has been lowered by higher prices.
 
2012-06-17 02:24:08 AM

Triumph: Governments can print money, which simply spreads the pain via inflation.


Thing is austerity measures can cause inflation as well. Worse they do nothing to fix an economy so that revenues can grow. What Greece needs besides tax revenues is an economy that can generate them and not all all wonky if one part of it slows.
 
2012-06-17 02:28:37 AM
What a drachma queen.
 
2012-06-17 02:31:55 AM

WhyteRaven74: Thing is austerity measures can cause inflation as well. Worse they do nothing to fix an economy so that revenues can grow. What Greece needs besides tax revenues is an economy that can generate them and not all all wonky if one part of it slows.


What Greece needs is the ability to tax derivatives, outlaw credit default swaps and fight back against the financial vampires that are preying upon it. If the Euro falls apart, Greece should immediately impose heavy-duty exchange controls and capital controls to protect the new drachma.
 
2012-06-17 02:42:44 AM
I love this headline SOOOO much!

www.morethings.com
 
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