Posts Tagged ‘Stupid Germans’


Oder diesmal doch nicht?


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Alas, it’s another sad day for Germany. Frank Schäffler, the one member the national German parliament who actually seems to understand the issues, was not successful in persuading his fellow party members to actually consider sanity as a response to the “Euro crisis”. It wasn’t for lack of trying. The leadership of Schäffler’s “Free Democratic Party” was pro-bailout anyway, for “political reasons”, as opposed to Schäffler’s economic arguments. However, I would had hoped that the rank and file members of the supposedly (classical) liberal party were on Schäffler’s side. According to polls, some 70% of the general population is, more or less. This seems to not have been the case.

All I can say in this humble medium is Thank, you, Frank Schäffler, for trying.

Economic facts are like physical laws: They won’t change even if you have every political reason to change them. Printing money won’t save the EU, it will only make us poorer. Bailing out banks won’t save the economy, it will only make the rest of us poorer. Centralization won’t help us, it will only make us less free. Mr Schäffler will be vindicated soon enough.

Have a nice day.

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A certain feminist by the name of Melanie Mühl complains bitterly about fellow (younger?) women in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. The main problem seems to be that younger women seem to be less feministic then herself. They, so Ms. Mühl, seem to have that idea that they are not actually hold back by society because of their sex. Not so!, claims Ms. Mühl:  First of all,  many years ago there was a German TV commercial about business women! That seems to play some role for Ms. Mühl, but I couldn’t gather exactly why. Also, a German single mother whose child is sent to some (state-financed) kindergarden stop getting money for having a child, once that child is three years of age! Ms. Mühl calls that “being forced to work full-time”. Thus, not getting money the state stole from her fellow citizens (men?) seems to be a problem as well. Also featuring in her list of complains: Couples choosing certain divisions of labor. Or at least, women being happy with certain divisions of labor in their relationships (“I clean more because I care about cleanliness more” = bad, bad, bad!).  The choices of women seem to be bad in general: On average they don’t work that much and (thereby, also Ms. Mühl forgets about this implication) don’t get the same average pay. That really bothers Ms. Mühl, who seems to want women’s choices not to matter in their lifes. Or does she want to make those choices herself for all womanhood? That, too, wasn’t entirely clear from the article.

Having read that, here’s something to make the pain go away: Dalrock on “the missing fear”. Go and read that! It’s too funny and too true to not be read.

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Die FAZ hat ein Interview mit Rudolf Mellinghoff, Präsident des Bundesfinanzhofs. Wer Ohren hat, zu hören, weiß, daß das deutsche Steuerrecht kein Recht als solches mehr ist. Scheinbar wollen es aber die wenigsten hören.

Die liberale Alternative: Flat Tax mit Freibetrag und negativer Einkommenssteuer, d.h. die Brutto-zu-Netto-Funktion ist affin linear. Nicht so liberale Leute, z.B. so manche Mitglieder der FDP, finden diesen Vorschlag wahrscheinlich nicht so gut. Warum wohl?

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