[lit-ideas] Re: Germany can't make Germans out of us

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 03:33:43 -0700 (PDT)

Germany is not in such a splendid situation itself, as shown by the recent 

The "contract" as you present is rather simplistic as the EU was supposed to 
involve not only a free market and a single currency but also coordinated 
policies and economic co-operation


 From: Lawrence Helm <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Lit-Ideas  <Lit-Ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 12:59 AM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Germany can't make Germans out of us

This from the Matt Cooper of the Irish Examiner:  “Germany is behaving like the 
euro is a pain in the ass to it, that it has received little or no reward for 
adopting it as its currency, that it wishes that it never gave up its 
Deutschmark as its own prized currency and that, now that it is stuck with the 
euro, it will be damned if it is going to pick up the tab for the fecklessness 
of other European nations (including us).”
Cooper presents his analysis of Germany’s economic history and summarizes, “So 
it is complex and multi-faceted.  It is easy to see why the German public does 
not want to foot the bill for the euro going wrong.  But let’s not forget how 
much the euro has contributed to the existing great wealth in that country.”
I can’t see Germans responding favorable to that argument.  Here I am, not a 
German, but nicely retired after 39 years in aerospace.  Suppose Governor Brown 
and President Obama were to hit me with huge taxes.  Suppose I complained and 
received the response, “don’t forget, Helm, you got through college on a 
government sponsored G.I.Bill.  You then worked for most of your 39 years 
making aircraft for the U.S. government.  You benefited from all that 
government support in your earlier days; so suck it up, Helm, and shell out.”  
Is that a valid argument all ye logicians?  I don’t think so and here is why:  
The European environment presented Germany with the prospect, “perform in 
certain ways and receive benefits accordingly.”  Now the EU (at least Ireland) 
is reneging.  They are attempting to retroactively say to Germany, “perform in 
certain ways and receive benefits accordingly unless we get in financial 
trouble and then we will
 need some of your money.”  
Germany is in a better situation than I am.  The EU can’t force them to cough 
their money up, but the state of California and the Federal Government can 
arrest me if I don’t mine.  On the other hand there is a vast history of 
individuals being taxed more and more by governments who decide they need more 
and more money; so I shouldn’t complain.  Here, come take my money.  I’m used 
to it.  But will Germany see it the same as I do?

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