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Merkel will easily be re-elected, but because of what is called "proportional representation", will, as per all other German gov'ts since the end of WWII, will not have a majority. Their one-time whorish former coalition partners, the social democrats, may not garner 5% of the vote, which means no parliamentary representation. The actual coalition partner, the an off-shoot of the main pro-business Christian-Democratic party, has switched to the left on many issues as of late and is not as desirable to Merkel as it once was, though chances are , they will remain in the coalition. However, and get this, the Green party , yes the greens, are a possible coalition partner. That's like George Wallace getting together with MLK. The Greens want nuclear power plants shut down, and oh, surprise, so does Merkel. Well, well. Should be intereting.
But tell me , Rogue. How does Germany does it? Recall what I told you a few weeks ago about Germany's economy and work force :
1. Highest salaries in Europe, amongst highest in the world;
2. Social benefits : Min 6 weeks' annual vacation, sick leave and 13th month for every worker (additional month's salary) plus vacation double bonus (paid vacation PLUS paid vacation time in cash - most cases);
3. 35-hour mandated work week. What's yours?
4. In most cases, allowance for commuting to and from workè
5. Totally universal and free health care, drugs, dentists, eyes, etc ;
6. Totally free school, high school, college, university tuition.
And much more.
Yet, they have a sky-high GDP, and are the most productive of workers . In spite of hard times, and very few natural resources and a highly-subsidized agriculture sector, they are the top country in Europe economy-wise and among the 5 best in the world.
How they do all this, Rogue? Oh, their crime and murder rates, in spite of a huge legal and illegal alien presence, is low. How do they do it?
All that, and it STILL seems as if every other country in Europe is in debt to Germany.
Imagine if we would take a look at what works. What worked for us at one time. Tried some more of that.
We are simply overtaxed. We have programs that absorb BILLIONS and produce nothing...nada. And I don't mean pay-out. I mean pay-off.
Want a billion dollars freed up? Sky Marshals, expensive and completely unnecessary.
The ONLY way they work is if an exact replica of the 9-11 scenario happens again which is nearly inconceivable given the security upgrades in airports.
I don't fly anywhere I don't absolutely have to anymore. Not because of external terrorism, but internal security. Besides, no place abroad possesses something that doesn't have it's equal or better right here.(possibly my worst sentence ever)
Sea to shining sea. I like it here.