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September 26, 2013 5:26 AM
Signs of Political Sanity Abroad
Posted by Staff
National Review:

There are more than straws in the wind for those hoping for signs of sane political developments. Beyond the ambit of the apparently endless and unfathomable inanities of Washington and the faltering British coalition that resulted from the miracle of all three party leaders’ losing the last election, some nations resolutely refuse to accept poor government. By many criteria, the most swiftly rising major power of recent years would not be China but Germany. Germany’s previous trips to the batter’s box of world power and influence have been so stigmatizingly catastrophic and criminal, however, that it is feeling its way with extreme caution. The nation will clearly require a considerable time yet to develop confidence in its ability to lead anyone. But the preconditions of plausibility are being meticulously assembled with the thoroughness of German automobile-factory workers, all while those same ingredients of national strength and credibility are being squandered in the United States and many other countries. Germany has led the rest of the euro zone in economic growth by between 2 and 3 percentage points for the last three years; unemployment has declined from 11 percent to 5 percent since 2006, while in the United States it has risen from 4.5 percent to 10 percent and then fallen back to 7.8 percent, and while in other euro countries it has risen from 8.5 to 12 percent. Facebook Fark Furl
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