Elites, prodigies, economic miracles, achievements, high scores - no thanks; mediocrity, C & D grades, economic mismanagement, wide spread tax-evasion - yes please, and on top of the low score-list of under-performers and under-achievers :"We demand all support and solidarity from you, without any strings attached. Make the water cozily warm, not at my expense but yours. Rip off your citizens lest we have trouble with our people. Pay the bill because we are all good and equal Europeans!"
This morning I was witness of a conversation in a GP's waiting room of a flagrant example of under-achieving in tackling expenses by unnecessary high subsidies.
Only a small issue, but a picture gets clear with a lot of mosaic pieces, right?
It's also a pointillism approach. A lot of small items finally sum up to a greater picture. The fight against administrative and governmental waste always begins at the bottom, not at the top.
Well, this neat example is quickly told. This N German guy in the waiting-room loves to travel to Schenna, South Tyrol, Italy. He allegedly don't need a car at the location because of cheap public transportation there; till evening he can get a bus ride to Meran for 1 euro ($1.23), and in the evening back for just 50 ct ($.61). Thanks goodness, it's not for free, I thought, otherwise the subsidies for these gooddies sky-rocket.
You pay for the one-way ticket in Kiel's central city zone (around 250.000 residents) a still subsidized fare of €2.30 ($2.83), in London in zone 1-2 with Oyster Card "as you go fare" in off-peak times GBP 2.00 ($3.13), in New York City $2.25.
Conclusion: If you wanna save a penny you must earn one, right?
Making expenses as goodies on one side means earning taxes on the other side. Or, am I wrong?
Now, imagine this example thousand-, no millionfold, even billionfold.
This reminds me of a metaphoric joke. Btw, it was part of a carnival lecture 'performance' at this year's session "Mainz remains Mainz, as it sings and laughs".
Three guys enter a pub; a Greek, a Spaniard and an Italian. They order the most expensive bottle of champagne.
Who pays the bill? The German!
There's more than a kernel of truth in this joke.
The daily news show us exactly this behavioral pattern of these under-performers and under-achievers:
"Wash my buck but don't make it wet."
Let the others foot the bill. Esp. the Germans, they should behave like lemmings. When we jump over the cliff, they must do the same.
"No straight thinking" American would support this behavior, I deeply believe this.
And, thanks to the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, the Britons have limited their EU exposition and contributions to the date by a top ceiling. In any British city with a great deal of demand in taxpayers' support and subsidies, they should erect a Thatcher monument for her attitude in the interest of her people.
Well, the Germans mustn't have this national interest - why? Because of their historic past, of course.
Playing on Germans' guilt complex is a neat choice for those who haven't got any remedy left. Fellas, it won't work anymore - that's the catch these people of the PIG(F)S face nowadays.
Making Germans scapegoats - declaring them enemies - kicking at their shinbones - well, this can only work with German socialists and communists and eco-green turn-coats who have always had a problem with the national colors of "black-red-golden", meaning with German national interests - they kow-tow to any demand whichever it is.
Isn't it understandable why ordinary Germans have gotten pissed on since the "Greek" onset of the euro crisis till today.
Being the paymaster for the under-achievers and under-performers is OK, being their schoolmaster is not. Interesting, huh?