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Shutdown Spectacle: “America Is Already Politically Bankrupt” (German left press blames GOP)
Der Spiegel ^ | October 02, 2013 – 03:07 PM | Charly Wilder

Posted on 10/03/2013 9:58:10 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Many Germans have found it hard to understand American lawmakers’ inability to resolve their budget disagreements in time to prevent a shutdown of all nonessential government services, which went into effect at midnight on Monday night. “What Washington currently offers up is a spectacle, but one in which the spectators feel more like crying,” writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“Because Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, Congress and president could not agree on a stop-gap budget, hundreds of thousands of federal employees were sent on involuntary leave and many agencies were forced to shut down,” continues the editorial. …

The overwhelming consensus among the German press is that the Republicans are the most to blame for the gridlock. In a Tuesday commentary, Spiegel Online’s Gregor Peter Schmitz dubbed them the “kamikaze party.” He attributed the gridlock to America’s mercenary political culture—where directly-elected lawmakers run for re-election every two years and campaigns are privately financed—as well as to the lack of party infrastructure compared to Germany’s parliamentary model with its publicly-funded campaigns. …

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 113th; bho44; eussr; globalagenda; liberalagenda; shutdown

1 posted on 10/03/2013 9:58:10 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Germany, mind your own business. Danka.


2 posted on 10/03/2013 10:00:55 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Olog-hai

The day after W won the first time, I was in a German establishment (in Germany). I was talking to a colleague, an Italian, about it. A young German woman started yelling at me. Everyone knows He is a horrible man; how can you like him!!, blah blah Yak Yak.

She was pissed. I asked her whom she voted for, to get the subject onto the fact that she is not American so she can just calm down.

You want to talk about liberal...

The main plaza in town is Karl-Marx Strasse.

Forget it.


3 posted on 10/03/2013 10:05:20 PM PDT by stanne
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To: madison10

International media are some of the most hilarious Obama groupies ever. After the first Obama Romney debate, their headlines were blaring about how Obama won the debates hands down.

Obama is placed on a pedestal in at least 80 % of the world’s nations. And honestly, it is the idea they are so enamored with, an idea that they don’t actually understand conceptually.


4 posted on 10/03/2013 10:05:36 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: Olog-hai
Yes, the Germans love Obama and hate Republicans. And they such good judges of character when it comes to politicians :
5 posted on 10/03/2013 10:06:22 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Olog-hai

Hey Germans, don’t take this personally...but stick it where the sun don’t shine. A bunch of leftists blame constitutional-minded American patriots for shutting down the government. Proving once again that leftist Euros don’t know diddly squat about America. Butt out please.


6 posted on 10/03/2013 10:08:33 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Olog-hai

I’m not sure how the Krauts fashion their state budgets, but I’m sure it’s nothing like the way we do it. They probably actually have some spending guidelines.


7 posted on 10/03/2013 10:12:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: freedom462

What makes it worse is that this is a country that elected its first black politicians to the Bundestag only last month.


8 posted on 10/03/2013 10:13:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: smokingfrog

They do have a rather large bureaucracy to funnel dough to.

Their corporate tax rate is lower than ours, though. But what is worse is that when they find a country in the EU whose corporate tax rate is yet lower than theirs (e.g. Ireland), they put pressure on that country to “harmonize” (i.e. raise) their corporate tax rate to match theirs, and thus make the other country lose its competitive edge.


9 posted on 10/03/2013 10:15:59 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
They have nothing but our own corrupt media to depend on, and the remarkably ignorant "expert" political observers of the European Left. I am astonished at the silliness published by what was once the informed Economist, and so if Der Spiegel doesn't get it even close to right, it shouldn't be a surprise.

Nevertheless, this isn't difficult to understand. The House has no intention of passing 0bamacare. Nearly everything else the Dems ask for, yes, to their discredit, but not 0bamacare. It may be a mystery to our European cousins why this is not negotiable, but it should not be difficult to discern who isn't negotiating.

10 posted on 10/03/2013 10:16:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Der Spiegel are themselves left-leaning. They partnered with the NYT when it came to publishing the Wikileaks documents too.


11 posted on 10/03/2013 10:17:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Shut up, Spiegel.

Stick to what you do best; publish Himmler’s fake diaries.


12 posted on 10/03/2013 10:21:50 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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LOL, Germans blame GOP...


13 posted on 10/03/2013 10:22:56 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Olog-hai

Ah, the “Good Germans” speak. No thanks, kommeraden. We’ve heard too much from you during the past 70 years.

Your press is biased and inaccurate, much like it was in the 30’s. This time, instead of the Jews being the cause of all of America’s political and economic woos, it is the Republicans.

Same shit, different time.

Good night Julius Streicher, wherever you are.


14 posted on 10/03/2013 10:27:37 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Olog-hai

Ah, the “Good Germans” speak. No thanks, kommeraden. We’ve heard too much from you during the past 70 years.

Your press is biased and inaccurate, much like it was in the 30’s. This time, instead of the Jews being the cause of all of America’s political and economic woos, it is the Republicans.

Same shit, different time.

Good night Julius Streicher, wherever you are.


15 posted on 10/03/2013 10:29:30 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Olog-hai

::: yawn :::


16 posted on 10/03/2013 10:30:59 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Olog-hai

Heir, Deutschland , flick du!


17 posted on 10/03/2013 10:35:35 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: madison10
It's ‘’danke’’.
18 posted on 10/03/2013 10:36:38 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: Olog-hai

Daily, there seems to be an ever-increasing gaggle of folks whose opinions I do not give the slightest crap about. And given that that list started with our Dem congrasites, the opinions of leftist Germans, or leftist Belgians, or Turkmens, or Uzbeks, or Uighurs doesn’t even make it to the zero line.


19 posted on 10/03/2013 10:52:06 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Olog-hai

Of course. They’re leftist Europeans soon to be muslims. What or why would I ever have expected anything more from them?


20 posted on 10/03/2013 10:52:16 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: stanne

“The main plaza in town is Karl-Marx Strasse.”

The allies should have bargained with the Soviet Union at the end of WWII, giving them western Germany in exchange for Poland (for whom Britain & France had initially gone to war). Look at the difference in perceptions between former Warsaw Pact and NATO nations, and you see how easily most of Germany got off at the end of that war (while countries like Poland were enslaved for nearly fifty years through no fault of their own). Eastern Europe knows where Obama’s rhetoric leads; western Europe has had but a taste of it (and it has left many of their economies in shambles).


21 posted on 10/04/2013 2:14:12 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: stanne

I love how the people with Kaiser and Hitler in their past think they have a say in telling us who should be our leaders.


22 posted on 10/04/2013 2:45:21 AM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: madison10
Germans believe Americans are stupid, fat and incompetent. They believe they ought to be running the world. I had a conversation with such a German in 1980, 35 years after WWII. I said, okay, Germans ran a good part of the world in the 35 years before 1945, what was the record. Two world wars, the complete devastation of Germany and huge parts of Europe and Asia. The US ran the world for the 35 years after 1945. What was the record? Zero world wars, the growth of economic prosperity unimagined by people before, the increase in freedom and representative governmnet in the world to an extent also deemed unimaginable.

Who's stupid? Who should be running the world?

No answer was received.

23 posted on 10/04/2013 4:04:01 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Obama is an historic President. He's America's first 'Dear Leader' President.)
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To: Olog-hai

Socialist State opinions bump for later....


24 posted on 10/04/2013 6:48:01 AM PDT by indthkr
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Olog-hai. PartisanS Media Shills ping.


25 posted on 10/05/2013 12:53:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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