Monday, May 24, 2010

Say It Isn't So!

Says German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble:

"We have to adjust our social security systems in a way that they motivate people to accept regular work and do not give counterproductive incentives"
I'm sure that only the recent data points enabled him to realize this - it could not have been ascertained beforehand. Europeans should immediately riot in the streets and blame greedy capitalists for this pesky aspect of reality.
"I am worried that this crisis will also affect me on a personal level, for example, that universities in Germany will raise the tuition in order to pay the loan they give to Greece," said Karoline Daederich, a 22-year-old university student from Berlin.
Don't worry Karoline - in the long run, you will be dead.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought you might get a kick out of this:

http://careers.state.gov/docs/3.0_FSO_RegGuide.pdf

I stumbled upon the Guide for the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process and proceded to take the sample quiz. Question number 9 stuck out:

9. All of the following are examples of United States
products that would typically fail to be produced to optimal output without government intervention
EXCEPT:
A. national defense products.
B. light provided by lighthouses.
C. new automobiles.
D. new highways.

Allegedly, answer "C" is correct, although they might want to update this section to reflect the current reality of our fiscal and monetary policy.

I guess I will not be able to work in the Foreign Service now.

-TM

Doug Reich said...

that's hilarious.

they forgot:

Education
Housing projects
Amtrak
Mail
Evidently, medical care
Banks
Insurance Companies
Garbage pickup
Airport security
Air traffic control
Utilities
Cable TV
Public TV/Radio
Offshore oil leak containment
Disaster cleanup
Parks