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The news was however worrying for the year ahead, with the European statistics office Eurostat reporting 0.2 percent GDP euro zone growth in the fourth quarter, after a July-September period that was supposed to have been the bad patch.
The surprisingly bad German news came in an early morning report by the Federal Statistics Office that Europe's largest economy shrank 0.2 percent in the last three months of 2004, and that output was flat in the third quarter.
Originally posted by radardog
Where is the socialist utopia now?
Originally posted by xpert11
Is there some point to this thread other then to start another liberal/consertive bashing topic?
Germany is suffering from a hang ups from the end of the iron curtain. Even if a right wing government was in power they couldnt change the fact that west Germany is more modern then the former communist east Germany.
radardog are you an American?
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
America is almost socialist, and the Republicans do nothing about it, nor care to.
What happened to small government? Low taxes? Reasonable spending?
Toast. That's where.
Originally posted by edsinger
We agree 100% on this one, I think the reason is votes, I would like to see the government out of many things and Bush has not helped this in any way and in fact has made it worse. It is one of the major things I dislike about him but if he can get Social Security and the IRS restructured its a big start.
Personally, I would like them to propose the idea, that all people who wish to OPT OUT of the Social Security system, could, so long as their forfeit the money already collected.
I am young enough to take advantage of something like that, and the double digit (percentage wise) collecting are killing me.
It's a common lie, that we share ANY expense with our employers.
Our taxes are rebellion high.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Glad your only looking at it from your perspective, because if you were looking at it from those older than you, I think you would not have said what you did.
Whats a "common lie," KrazyJethro?
Really? Did you have any problem with paying those "rebellion high" taxes back in previous administrations then? Or were you even working then, and as such, the issue doesn't have any relevance for you?
Originally posted by boogyman
When did Japan turn socialist?!