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  •  Point taken, but it's not a love letter to Angela (3+ / 0-)
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    Merkel insomuch as it is a love letter to sane, rational political discourse and social policy.

    As much as Angela Merkel's austerity fetish is intensely problematic for the 'PIIG' countries, the reality is that mainstream conservatism -- and even most mainstream democrats -- in the USA are vastly more dangerous in terms of promoting social security, equity and quality of life.

    •  Okay but that's a bit like saying (1+ / 0-)
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      Rommel was a very reasonable Nazi.  I mean, he was.  And the fact is that Merkel is a Conservative in a Socialist state so she has to sound more reasonable.

      Still enjoying my stimulus package.

      by Kevvboy on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:15:34 PM PST

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      •  Well, I wouldn't call Germany a 'Socialist state' (2+ / 0-)
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        at all -- it's health insurance scheme is a system of government-backed, non-profit sickness funds with a private opt-out that, if chosen, blocks you, for life, from returning to the government-administered plan. Labour markets have been made vastly more flexible.

        Germany is not a socialist country in my point of view, but simply a country that has emerged from tragedy with pretty good governance and social solidarity.

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