Daniel_Plainview wrote:Aah! Aha! Germans are (finally) beginning to see the light.
From Der Spiegel:
Playing Chicken Until the Germans Lose Their Nerve
For Germany, being part of the European Union has always included an element of blackmail. France has been playing this card from the beginning, but now the Spanish and the Greeks have mastered the game. They're banking on Berlin losing its nerve.Hollande is returning to the tried-and-true method of weakening the Germans by undermining their economic strength. The next stage in the crisis will be blatant blackmail. With their refusal to accept money from the bailout fund to recapitalize their banks, the Spanish are not far from causing the entire system to explode. They clearly figure that the Germans will lose their nerve and agree to rehabilitate their banks for them without demanding any guarantee in return that things will take a lasting turn for the better. ... The Greeks will bargain with the other EU countries to see what it's worth to them to see Greece abandon the euro. The Greeks no longer have much to lose; but their EU neighbors -- and particularly the Germans -- still do. This discrepancy will determine the price to be paid.
This is priceless ... but when will the German taxpayers realize how badly they're being manipulated and screwed over by their conniving neighbors?
Soon, very soon.
This reminds me of this little nugget I found on ZeroHedge which is why I think it's so funny when people point fingers at the right or left when they're both the problem. I tend to lean more to the right but that really doesn't matter in this case. EVERYONE wants their free money and it's funny seeing what they'll resort to to get it!
"Solutions" that turn off the free money spigots are non-starters, not just from self-interest but from ideology. Any attempt to tighten the spigots steps on ideological toes, as each spigot is ideologically sacred to one political camp or another.
Liberals don't want to hear about scamming of their sacred "we must help everyone in need" welfare programs, and conservatives don't want to hear about cartel looting of their sacred "free enterprise" system.