posted on Sep, 27 2011 @ 10:43 AM
It is May 1945. Nazi Germany collapses to the allied forces.
Its industrial base has been shattered, economy has collapsed entirely, National Gov't is in a complete shambles, most major cities have been
flattened by allied bombing attacks.
Shortly after World War II, the allies divide Germany and the Iron Curtain slams shut across Europe, for almost 40 years. This is where it gets
In West Germany, they completely rebuild industry, infrastructure, and cities, to new, regulated modern standards. Employment is high, citizens are
happy, the Government reasserts control with a flourishing democracy, the currency picks up strength. Citizens have plentiful goods to purchase in
the store, and thanks to the jobs now available, plenty of cash to buy them with.
In East Germany, they haphazardly rebuiild industry and housing, to whatever standard they like under Communist rule (little regulations re building
codes etc). Simple commodities are hard to come by in the shops, only the ruling elite have access to even every day items such as a new pair of
shoes. East German unemployment remains high, citizens remain unhappy, Government asserts control with an iron fist and police state. The currency
remains nearly worthless.
After reunification in 1989, West Germany eventually takes the Eastern section under its wing and starts to rebuild under the same rules and
regulations as West Germany. Buildings are bought to code, corporations upgrade their manufacturing and industrial bases or go broke. West Germans
complain that their high tax money is going into rebuilding Eastern Germany.
Within another 20 years, the German economy is the envy of Europe, and the world is looking forward to hoping that the German Government bails out
countries in the Eurozone that haven't faired so well.
Now, let's look at England. They were on the victorious side in World War II, at the expense of much of their industrial infrastructure. Docklands
area of London, once the busiest import/export city in the world, have been destroyed. Many cities and industrial and manufacturing facilities have
been heavily damaged, rationing remains in place until the mid 1950's.
What do the British do with that destroyed docklands, and manufacturing and industrial facilities? You'd think this would be a great opportunity to
rebuild and reclaim their power. No, they leave them delapidated for years. Then, about 40 years later, in the 1980's, they start to build high
cost real estate and offices on that land formerly used for import/export facilities, manufacturing, and industry. Some short term jobs are created,
but the cost of living in this area is way beyond the average working class Londoner who were the backbone on this neighborhood before. Docks remain
closed, most dock buildings have now been demolished. Some maufacturing and industrial facilities are rebuilt, but to a shadow of their former
London will never gain its status as the leading import / export city in the world, the city no longer has the facilities in place for this, and given
the price of the real estate where it used to be, will never regain the ability to have this back. England is no longer a nation that "makes
Germany is now seen as one of the powerhouse economies in the world. England, while still a moderately wealthy nation, is a footnote of the G20. Not
much is manufactured, most of the wealthy in the country make their money through finance, not through industrial production of goods. No one ever
thinks "oh, it's okay, the British will help us out" anymore.
This is why America needs Obama's jobs plan people. Rebuild America to its former glory. Don't become East Germany or England.