So now you're shybuffguy's acolyte? You were SB's just a few weeks ago. Diddums have a squabble in the conservative tree fort? Let me guess, you fought over who was prettier; Anne Coulter or Christine O'Donnell?
Seriously, your knowledge is stunningly lacking and you have a reflexive dislike for all things European. And, as was so obvious in that other thread, you suffer from a sense that your experience is somehow more informed than those of us who have studied these issues extensively - which you apparently have not - because you were physically in Europe at one point?
First of all let me say, I'm pleased to see that you're embracing your inner little girl with the "diddums" bit, since you can dish it out but cry like a little girl when someone gives back as good as you give.
Seriously, you really should look in the mirror before you impune the intelect of other people! What "issues" have you "studied extensively" ?
Lets talk about them since you have such a vast knowledge of all things.
Let me give you my background, so you arn't at a disadvantage. Thanks to my evil, capitalist, Investment Banker father I went to school for a time in Europe. I visit Europe at least once a year. I have a few European investments. Oh, and my sister is a French citizen and has lived in France for the last 20 yrs. I still have family in Russia, whom I speak with often.
So, lets discuss what's going on in Europe.
Are you aware that the German economy is showing a great deal of growth at the present? The reason for the growth in the German economy is because of the tax cuts, spending cuts and cuts in social programs that are part of Angela Merkel's new pro-growth policies, which have helped Germany to capture a larger share of the export market.
Are you aware that France has the best health care system in Europe? Are you also aware that the French economy is crumbling under the weight of the costs of it's health care and other social policies? Are you aware that the french answer to the approaching colapse of their economy is redistribution from Europe, rather than the austerity measures adopted by other European nations?
Are you aware of the riots in the streets of France caused by a necessary measure to raise the retirement level by just 2 years from 60 to 62 in an sffort to stabalize the pension seytem?
Are you aware that there is a whole generation of young French people who have never been employed and have no prospect of ever being employeed as a direct result of the generous social benifits system in France?
Lets not limit our discussion to France.
Are you aware that European workers are encouraged by their unions to kidnap their employeers for use in collective bargaining?
Are you aware that because of Liberal Political Correctness run amok that there are huge lawless areas in cities throught Europe known as No-Go Zones controlled by Islamist, where the authorities are actually afraid to enter? Do you know who Ilam Halimi is? Ilam Halimi was a 23 yr old Parisian jewish boy lured by an Iranian woman,abducted, tortured, and murdered by a Muslim gang over a 24-day period. There hundreds of similar stories documented across Europe.
What about Greece? Are you aware that the taxation policies in Greece were so opressive they created an anti-business atmosphere that led in part to the collapse of the Greek economy under the weight of the masive costs of the Greek social structure? Are you aware that the measures recomended by the IMF and the EU to remedy the Greek situation are more privatization in the Greek system and less socialization?
Are you aware of the peril that the economy of Ireland is in, as a result of it's 'welfare state" policies, corrupt bureaucracy and inefficent oversight, inspite of sound economic growth over the last 20 yrs? Are you aware that bondholder bailouts and the bursting of an Irish version of the housing bubble in 2007 played a part in the crisis of the Irish economy?
Are you aware that the economies of Portugal , Italy and Spain are also expected to colapse under the weight of their entitlement syetems? That the EU and IMF are pushing austerity measures in these countries as well?
While we are on Spain, are you aware that the "Green Energy" scam colapsed in Spain when government subsidies were withdrawan? Are you aware that for each job created in Spain's green economy, 2 were lost in the general economy? Are you aware that "offically" Spain has a 20% Unemployment rate?
What about the UK? Are you aware that the UK is proposing deep spending cuts? Are you aware that the NHS plans to place restrictions on some of the most basic and common operations, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic procedures? The closure of nursing homes for the elderly? A reduction in acute hospital beds, including those for the mentally ill, with targets to discourage GPs from sending patients to hospitals and reduce the number of people using accident and emergency departments? Thousands of job losses at NHS hospitals, including 500 staff to go at a trust where cancer patients recently suffered delays in diagnosis and treatment because of staff shortages? Cost-cutting programmes in paediatric and maternity services, care of the elderly and services that provide respite breaks to long-term carers?
Explain to me again what about the social policies of Europe is so great?
You've studied what issues extensively? Before you imply others are uneducated or have no knowledge, you should look in the mirror. Your knowledge is not "stunningly lacking", it is stunningly nonexistent ! In history, it is stunningly nonexistant! In economics, it is stunningly nonexistant. In world events it is stunningly nonexistant! You truely are полезный идиот; poleznye idioty!