more Euro zone stuff to read…

and the award for irony goes to….

I think these are all from the same speech, but I got them from two different articles, so maybe it isn’t. Front row seat to a revolution??? Let the fun begin!!!

Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski made an appeal for Germany to show more leadership in the crisis.
“You know full well that nobody else can do it,” he said in a speech in Berlin on Monday evening, referring to efforts to save Europe’s monetary union.

“I will probably be the first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is,” Radek Sikorski said in Berlin. “I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity. You have become Europe’s indispensable nation.”

“The biggest threat to the security and prosperity of Poland would be the collapse of the eurozone,” Poland’s Sikorski said Monday. “And I demand of Germany that, for your own sake and for ours, you help it survive and prosper. You know full well that nobody else can do it.”

…the democracy of the markets dictates we must prepare:

and it’s a couple hours after I posted that, but I stumbled on this…also mentioning irony. I want bonus points 😉 (click the links in the article if you want to read more)

I predict a repeat of TARP 2008…If I recall it was first rejected…markets crashed and then TARP was re-voted on…well done politics…Nothing in Europe will happen until we’re all well past crisis point.
I still don’t think Italians “get it”…Nor do a lot of americans, but they can’t even be bothered talking with after some point…
Not that I’m cheering that I’ll be right, quite the opposite in fact…but I have no say in anything.






Italian politics

I still get the impression that Italians don’t really know what’s going on with euro politics and the economics of some European countries (esp. their own). They were very Berlusconi focused, and thought of him as THE problem.

I’ve wondered for years why there aren’t more scientists, economists (if I may coin a new phrase – technocrat 😉 ) in politics. I think we all know the answer is that a countries “best and brightest” don’t go into politics (they go into the military…hahah).

Not mine, but funny!

I’ve heard a lot of colleauges talk about Berlusconi, but I’ve yet to hear anyone say anything about economics…maybe they are talking about it in Italian, so I wouldn’t hear, but I get the impression it’s just not an issue here. If we go back to the lira we go back to the lira…

I’ll have a front row seat…

…but looks aren’t everything…
Except in your case…

“If he has so many women,” said housewife Carmela Mamone, “this means he’s a real man.

someone needs to change that pesky US law about natural born citizens being president…The first 7 US presidents were not natural born citizens.
Here’s the rundown (with an excerpt from each article) on “far and away” the best leader Italy has ever had. I’ll be writing him in on my next U.S. presidential ballot…


The prime minister’s demeaning attitude toward women, for example, is for him as much a political device as a personal vice. “I think Italians recognize themselves in me,” he recently told a youth rally. “I am one of them. I was poor. I am interested in the things that interest them. I love football. I smile. I love others and, above all else, beautiful women.”
(and the title of this page is from this article)


Besides, with Berlusconi as your prime minister, you don’t have to take yourself too seriously. You don’t have to trouble yourself with geopolitics, or the state of the planet, or poverty and failed states. You can stay at home, remain unserious, and argue about the latest legal scandal. And maybe that, too, is part of the Italian prime minister’s appeal.


The truth is that Berlusconi is not only Italy’s head of government, but the nation’s autobiography. He combines generosity, inconsistency, acting talent, stamina, tactical lapses of memory and loyalty. He promises things he doesn’t do, and does things he’s never mentioned. His Italian opponents — even the best, the most honest and lucid — are right to worry. Not about Berlusconi himself. But about the Berlusconi inside them.


“Never in my life, not even once, have I had to pay for a sexual encounter,” Berlusconi said. “And I’ll tell you why: for someone who loves to conquer, the greatest joy is the conquest, so I ask, ‘if you pay, what joy can there be?'”


I guess this is a lot of the german women I’ve known are not too fond of italian men.

Many residents booed Berlusconi as he visited the scene.

I’ve been to Viareggio…you’re no Viareggio.
I’m going to love Italian Politics.

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