European Basket Case Countries Behave Like Spoiled Brats Living in Their Parents’ Basement

So what else is new?

BERLIN — For decades, Germany’s role in Europe has been to supply the cash, not the leadership. With fresh memories of war, the continent was cautious about German domination — and so were the Germans themselves.

But the economic crisis has shaken Europe’s postwar model, and Germany increasingly calls the shots. As countries struggle to pay their debts, only Chancellor Angela Merkel has enough money to haul them out of trouble. And the price Merkel is demanding — more control over how they run their economies — is setting off alarm bells in capitals across the continent.

Yes indeed! How bloody dare those evil Boche? Putting conditions on the cash they’re asked to fork over to pay for other people’s stupidity and laziness?

In Athens, protesters dressed up as Nazis routinely prowl the streets, an allusion to the old model of an assertive Germany.

“If you don’t buy me that new iPad, mom and dad, you’re bloody NAZIS!”

How can anybody resist such grace, eloquence and gratitude?

Germany “has been in a constant reactive role,” said Fredrik Erixon, head of the European Center for International Political Economy, a Brussels think tank. Now, though, it “is at a place where it can largely dictate what it wants to see in other countries, and they have to go along with it.”

Well no, they don’t. They can just say “no thanks” to the money they’re demanding that German taxpayers hand over to pay for their cradle-to-grave, unproductive socialist dystopias. Then they’ll be free to be as “non-German” as they blooming well like, but that’s not really an option when you can’t pay for your own college tuition and the only way your parents will help you out is if you promise not to spend the cash on a 6-year degree in transgendered basket-weaving studies.

If embraced by Merkel’s fellow European leaders, the proposal probably will push the euro zone in a more German direction, a model that enforces low inflation, small deficits and strict curbs on borrowing.

The HORROR! Low inflation, small deficits and strict curbs on borrowing? The sound you hear is millions of socialist Keynesian Kackleheads stampeding for their smelling salts and their autographed copies of Das Kapital.

Still, many economists — including those at the International Monetary Fund — question whether the German model is really the best way to dig out of a recession

Proving, once again, that rampant idiocy is not limited to Paul Kluck-Kluckman of the New York Times. It also proves beyond any reasonable doubt whatsoever that the IMF is about as useful as teats are on a bull.

Here’s a hint to the EuroTwits insisting that Germany pay their bills with no strings attached:

Get a farkin’ job, already.

Thatisall.

11 comments

  1. 1
    sleeper growls and barks:

    They have transgendered baskets now??

  2. 2
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    sleeper says:

    They have transgendered baskets now??

    You hadn’t heard? Good G-d, where have you been?

    Actually, we were talking about basket-weaving courses for the transgendered so they won’t have to suffer the horrors and humiliation of having to learn how to weave baskets in the company of gender-normative patriarchal divisive beasts.

    In order to protect diversity, of course.

  3. 3
    NR Pax growls and barks:

    OK, I’m going to speak out in defense of the basket weavers, transgendered or otherwise, for one reason: Unlike Sociology or a Major ending in the word “Studies”, they learn how to produce something of value.

  4. 4
    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    NR Pax says:

    they learn how to produce something of value.

    Good Point *snicker*. Yanno, I’ve always wondered what sort of job someone with a major in Women’s Studies qualifies for.

    Teaching is about it. Now connect the dots. Give them grajeates a year or so and they’re in a drum circle smeared with excrement.

  5. 5
    LC Xealot growls and barks:

    You know, I was in Germany a few months ago visiting a friend, and I was surprised. A lot of the famed “German engineering” mentality is still there. They are an industrious people, even if they’ve been partially infected by the same Leftist disease as the rest of Europe. Quite frankly, I believe that the German economy is better off than the rest of Europe not just due to monetary policy, but because they actually still have a strong work ethic.

    Funny, isn’t it? Working means a better economy. Someone tell that to the Greeks.

  6. 6
    NR Pax growls and barks:

    Yanno, I’ve always wondered what sort of job someone with a major in Women’s Studies qualifies for.

    I actually knew a woman with that very degree. She worked a helpdesk and dispatched technicians to customer sites. And I always liked telling people that I was unofficially a Women’s Studies student, but my work was ungraded and more field research.

  7. 7
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Germany is being treated like the rich uncle who got drunk at your wedding, threw up on the cake and passed out in the punch. You don’t want him around but you don’t have a problem wringing money out him by pulling a guilt trip for fucking up your wedding 20 years ago and you don’t want any strings attached. You fucked up my life, I blame you for everything and your going to pay forever.

    Germany is that uncle. Does anybody mitigate the horrors that the Nazis inflicted on the world? No, but there must come a time when the “Sins of the Father are visited upon the Son” has to come to an end.

    Germany will never shed its guilt (as it should) but Germany also paid a high price in the end for its deeds: 200k to 2M(est) women raped by the Soviet Army. 10,000 committed suicide (and that estimate is on the low side). Its cities pulverized by the USAAF and the RAF. Half of Germany turned into a gulag for 50 years and the rest put on a very short leash that they had to ask permission to fart. One example was the survivors of Stalingrad. 90k were taken prisoner, less than 5000 returned alive.

    And if the Fwench have a problem with that then they need only be reminded that they rounded up Jews for deportation faster than the Teutonic efficient Germans could have ever dreamed of.

  8. 8
    LC Xealot growls and barks:

    Germans today are horrified at the Nazi regime. I mean, I remember in casual conversation something about Nazis came up, something about a movie where the Nazis were the villains… anyway, my German friend was suddenly horrified. I mean, it’s a completely not-funny subject over there. These Germans had nothing to do with what happened in World War II, yet they still feel a deep and lingering shame for it.

    But I guess the rest of Europe would like to guilt-trip the Germans into toeing the line when it comes to bailing everyone else out. It doesn’t matter that it’d probably make them feel like shit, when all they are arguing for is SOME form of fiscal responsibility.

  9. 9
    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    LC Light29ID @ #:

    Brilliant summation Light….. At this point we should be watching Germany, but no more than any other nation on the face of the planet, and less closely than many.

  10. 10
    FabioC. growls and barks:

    Those Greeks who dug up again the Nazi theme are idiotarians not worth spitting at.

    But I am afraid that the conditions posed by Germany do not stop at tidying up the state’s accounts, but may include favourable conditions for german products and companies.
    And we shouldn’t forget the love/hate relationship between Germany and Russia: other countries receiving German aid may be forced to deal with the Bear also.

    Ah, and in Europe idiocies like “gender studies” are pretty rare, thankfully. But there is a number of people graduated in still nearly-useless disciplines: psychology, philosophy, communication sciences etc.

  11. 11
    LC Xealot growls and barks:

    FabioC. says:

    But I am afraid that the conditions posed by Germany do not stop at tidying up the state’s accounts, but may include favourable conditions for german products and companies.

    My give-a-shit-o-meter still pegs zero on this. If Greece can’t put its own house in order and has to go crawling to the Germans for money, quite frankly, the Germans can offer whatever terms they want for lending their OWN money. It’s up to the Greeks to either accept or decline and figure it out themselves. The Germans aren’t holding a gun to their head, which is why the entire nazi comparison fails.