Sunday, September 18, 2005

German Election & Its Implications For America

The exit polls:
Germany's ARD television puts the Christian Democrats in the lead with 35.5% of the vote, ahead of the Social Democrats on 34%.

There is a chance that the Schroeder era will soon be over. What this means for us in the US: a better ally in the war against terror & (knock on wood) the dawn of an economically healthier Europe. While the margin is less than ideal & will lead to quite a bit of gridlock, as it has in America, a victory can mean the begining of a new way of doing things.

The German economy is doing very badly & the astronomical unemployment rate, 11.6% is not very helpful either. Thus, the German public is having second thoughts about their love affair with socialism.

The head of the conservative coalition Angela Merkel, grew up in the former East Germany & harbors no delusions of Communist utopias. She is also in favor of giving precedence to relationships with the emerging Eastern & Central European states & America over that with France. The wide spread rejection of the EU, on which France was heavily invested, is clearly having an impact.

Schroeder's party, the Socialist Democrats, tried to play the anti-Americanism card in a last ditched effort to save themselves. A poster featuring the coffins of American soldier which would have made Code Pink proud was a part of their campaign.

Interestingly, there have been two other major elections, which have yielded this same type of result:

In Japan, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi & his party won by a landslide during the special election which he called for when challenged in his efforts to privatize the state owned postal system (the Japanese post office functions as a bank & insurance agency too, it's assets are in the billions). This victory too was fortuitous for the current administration & America in general, as LDP, particularly Koizumi's faction, is hawkish & good allies in the war against terror as well as handling China & North Korea.

In May of 2002, in Dutch conservatives won control of the government despite the murder of the party leader Pim Fortuyn. The major impetus for their victory was the stagnant Dutch economy, which had been hobbled by socialistic policies, as well strong immigration reform policies.

In the US, we have yet to have any party or major candidate adopt such a strong stance on the issue. Hopefully this will change.

A major reason for all three of these conservative victories have been the desire to cut down government expenditure: a lesson American conservatives would do well to keep in mind.

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Progress

North Korea introduces first 'credit card'.

Next thing ya' know, the dear leader will invent the North Korean internet.

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Somebody Please Call A Doctor

Because Cindy has really, really gone off the deep end this time.

...George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self from power...

She clearly needs a bed at a psychiatric facility. Oh wait, we might need a another bed too.

Hat tip: Alarming News

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