Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Apparently, Europe Wasn't Socialist Enough

Portugal's government is about to fall because their having to pay for all of the goodies they've bought over the last few decades. Apparently, some think that's a clear indication that the system has favored the rich. Huh?
Portugal faces a parliamentary vote against its deficit- cutting plan that may push the country toward a European Union bailout...

“A seismic shift in attitudes is taking place across Europe,” Bill Blain, a strategist at Newedge Group in London, wrote in a research note. “In the face of growing resentment across the continent for a European dream that seems inordinately in favor of the few rather than the many, Europe’s elites may be wise to glance across the Mediterranean for a reminder of what happens when the people say enough is enough.”
The European dream favored the who in favor of the what now? What was that you said? It sounded like the natives are growing restless because the rich are getting too many benefits at the expense of the poor. Here, let me read that again ... yep, that's what it said.

Well, maybe they're right. Maybe the system of cradle-to-grave social safety has helped the rich are get richer. Or maybe it's been helping the poor stagnate as wards of the state. Whatever. It's broke now because the number of Euros they spend is more than the number of Euros they earn. Subtraction is tryanny. There's only one thing left to do.

Protest against arithmetic!

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