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  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @David

    Austerity in a Depression leads to violence in the streets and dictatorships in office.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Its the right wing game plan.

  3. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    Rubbish! We in Germany are as austere as it gets and we are doing great in terms of money, unemployment, growth and so on. The PIIGS-states are pampered whiners! Take your medicine NOW before you have to amputate limbs…

  4. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 1 year ago

    Amazing how cons want to follow Europe’s lead in this one thing but they usually scoff at anything that comes from “socialist” Europe.

  5. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    It seems only Germans use that particular method at the moment.

  6. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 1 year ago

    austerity doesn’t work. uk nearly went into triple dip recession. spain 30% unemployment, youth umemployment is 50+%. greece has 60+% youth unemployment. and, they should never use that flawed study as a source.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    Austerity from 1930-1933 lead to the Nazis taking power after a Conservative imposed austerity.

  8. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    When you spend all your money you’re broke. When you can’t pay your bills your defunct. Countries can write checks with no money in their treasury only for so long. The time to have been frugal was before you went broke. Now they have two choices:
    1) Write more checks until no one will take them anymore.
    2) Cut back on spending and face reality.

    Europe has chosen the first alternative. Failure is unavoidable.

  9. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, over 1 year ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    “The PIIGS-states are pampered whiners!”


    Such astonishing arrogance! I did not expect it from you, sir.
    That is a term I particularly detest. Before the financial meltdown, on this forum I had actually mentioned that the term had been used before in 1999 and roundly criticised for its derogatory connotations (the 2nd “I” appeared for Ireland in its latest incarnation). It is now used quite liberally everywhere, even in good newspapers, and contstantly; designed to belittle, defame and dehumanise whole nations. When you start talking about a group of countries in a negative way, that can have an influence on keeping them down and influencing how they are always viewed. Are you surprised how they react in anger?


    To call most Southern Europeans “whiners” when they are struggling through one of the worst continuous recessions of their lives is to not only belittle their plight but to actually show just how pampered Germans themselves have been despite your nation going through a sensible austerity programme in order to get your economy back into gear. Note on the word sensible. What is being imposed on these nations is not very sensible, it is darn-right idiotic. It is counter-productive, it is increasing animosity between nations and jeopardises the idea of solidarity and the whole ethos of this European Union. That is why they are demonising Merkel. I can understand you taking umbrage at their anger directed at Merkel and the Germans, but when you use derogatory terms yourself, my sympathies will lie elsewhere. The German economy ironically powered ahead on their consumption. If they had not consumed German goods and services as they had, perhaps your economy would not have found itself in a more favourable position when the rot set in. These nations’ citizens are as hard working as any other. Their governments may have set them down the wrong path, promised way more beyond than what their economies could deliver, but what they had managed in terms of benefits, social security or even pensions falls wayyy short than that enjoyed currently by their northern neighbours. Now what little advantages they had thought they had managed to gain in the years of apparent plenty has been lost. The average hours a Greek worker worked in a week was more than a German did. The German economy is way more efficient and therefore more productive but that does not make the Greeks lazier. That is an outrage. The average Greek, Irish, Portuguese, Spaniard or Italian was not pampered. The average Greek professional perhaps, the average Greek, Irish, Portuguese, Spaniard or Italian politician without a doubt, along with those who could and do evade taxes especially in Greece, but not the average Greek. That goes equally to the other nations whose citizens worked hard and thought they were attaining the same social security which their northern neighbours enjoyed.


    Whiners indeed!


    " We in Germany are as austere as it gets"


    Poppycock! Absoluter Unsinn! Bollocks! Vollkommener Blödsinn!


    You do not have over 25% unemployment, loss in earnings or loss in social security at the same level of those 5 nations.
    Glücklicherweise kenne Ich viele Deutsche und Österreicher die nicht deine Ansichten teilen.

  10. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 1 year ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    So then why did your government drag southern Europe into the Euro? The sick thing about austerity is that the German, Belgian, French bankers get paid first. Had Spain chosen to keep their own currency, they could be digging out of this mess by now.


    Instead, they’re at the mercy of northern European bankers who are enraged at how their profits are being eroded away.


    I also object to the notion that because Germans culturally find austerity to be a virtue that other cultures should accept it even as they watch their neighbors being turned onto the streets.


    As with the US real estate crisis, in which banks absconded with responsibility for the bad loans they made, northern Euro countries are shocked—SHOCKED!— that their attempt to turn Greeks and Portuguese into pillars of Teutonic virtue didn’t work out so well.

  11. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, over 1 year ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    Ich höre nur Grillen.

  12. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    “Crickets”? God help us…did you realize the temperature can be told by the chirping of the crickets?

  13. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, over 1 year ago

    @mrs1wing

    Do you realise that while waiting & listening out for a god to help you, you will be able to hear the crickets chirping?

  14. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, over 1 year ago

    Liberals consider when the government spends a TRILLION dollars more than they take in— even when they have record breaking tax receipts— austerity.

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