Friday, March 30, 2012

More Cameramen Than Protestors?

In Spain, they've got problems. Big problems. They've got a huge, national hangover from decades of progressive binging - high unemployment, mountains of debt, banks in danger of failing and a contracting economy. The Spanish government is doing what all governments do after a blinding epiphany about how the real world treats profligates - it's cutting spending and regulations. Spanish lefties are protesting.

Is it me or does this protest look pretty tepid? Lots and lots of cameras, a few hundred chanting protesters and a few tiny fires. A couple of kids spray painting clich├ęs on walls. The cameras never back up to show a town square filled with demonstrators. There's no indication this is anything more than a temporary inconvenience to everyone else.

Could it be that Spain is growing up?

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