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  •  Comparing us (0+ / 0-)

    to Germany is comparing apples to oranges.

    For one thing, Germany has socialized health care.

    Further, I have heard all of my life how the US is so much better than Europe because there is supposedly always a crisis going on in Europe.  Yet here is Europe, carryong on as usual.   It's just a pack of lies.

    [with the exception the current crisis which is more similar to the 1930's depression]

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Mon May 28, 2012 at 08:44:14 AM PDT

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    •  German incomes are being driven down (0+ / 0-)

      They have adopted neoliberal policies that have created a lot of temp jobs, and they have totally mishandled the crisis. The current eurocrisis is similar to the 1930s especially in the sense that political ideologies has caused a lot of lame decisions. In the periphery of Europe, the poverty is as bad as it is in the USA, with lack of health care, hunger, etc.

      All I really wanted to point out in the post you responded to was that Germany doesn't have a minimum wage, so anyone who argues that we should raise our wage and uses Germany as an example is effectively arguing that jobs should be split in the fashion they are in Germany (half jobs, part time). The austerity policies in Europe are mainly geared toward eroding the minimum wage, so they certainly aren't a model for us.

      There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

      by upstate NY on Mon May 28, 2012 at 08:58:46 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, so I went off the (1+ / 0-)
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        deep end and thought you were arguing against raising the minimum wage.

        Oh well.....

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Mon May 28, 2012 at 05:37:32 PM PDT

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