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Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 533

That would endanger jobs. Look, lemme explain it to you.

You pay taxes, so Mommy Merkel can stuff that money into Greece. So the Greeks can pay for the weapons you delivered. So the companies that built the tanks and subs can avoid paying taxes and employ you.

So, in a roundabout way, you're paying so you can work for the company you work for. I know it is supposed to be the other way 'round, but hey, this is the new economy. You don't get paid for doing your job. You pay to have one!

Comment: It could endanger TTIP? (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by Opportunist (#49768315) Attached to: EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US

Dear EU sponges,

Shouldn't that be a good reason FOR pushing for this leglisation?

So, lemme recap, we not only don't get any protection from dangerous pesticides but we also get it so we can still have a trade agreement that has no beneficial effect whatsoever for EU corporations?

Thanks. Who are you working for again, just so we know? We're kinda confused.

signed, the idiots paying for you useless asshats.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 533

If they get busted out of hte Euro zone, Germany is jumping over the cliff after them.

The Greeks don't just get money to spend. They get loans with a detailed list of things what to do with those loans. And what they have to do is hardly in their interest. They don't get to invest or to create any kind of stimulus for their industry and economy. They get to sell what's left of profitable stuff to the cronies of the countries that pump money their way (not quite for the market value, of course), get to pay their debt to the lender countries (hey, we want our money back, ya see!) and have to cut back pretty much any kind of spending that would allow them to actually recover.

That money is not going to help Greece much. The only thing this money does for Greece is to uphold the pretense that they are not bankrupt a little bit longer. First, we want to squeeze them dry, force them to ruin their economy to the point of no return and THEN dump them. Why should we let them off the hook when there's still meat on them?

And when we have totally ruined them, we can still treat them like the other countries we already did and either install some dictator that buys our guns for the few scraps that we let him have or wait for them to find any kind of resources we can then squeeze out of them. You think just because Greece is in the EU that we don't treat them like a colony? Think again.

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 3, Interesting) 533

The intention of the IMF is not to help those it gives money to. The intention is basically to control them.

When Franz Josef Strauss, a German politician who was renowned for being hardcore anti-communist and would generally fit well into the right edge of the current US Republicans, was asked why he offered a billion Marks loan to the GDR, he pretty much said "We have to make them dependent on our money like the addict to the drug".

And that's basically the IWFs function now. Though FJS could not even dictate how they may spend the money, unlike the IWF now.

Comment: Re:just what we all love (Score 1) 237

by Opportunist (#49762477) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

They would try to raise the price (not likely possible because, as stated above, if they could get away with a higher asking price, they would have done so on their own, why not rake in more if you can?) but they might go out of business. With a 90% tax, it's actually likely.

The price depends on the sweet spot of making the highest profit. Not any cost outside the cost per unit. A higher fixed cost might lead to discontinued business because cost gets higher than what the possible asking price could pay for, but the price is mostly unaffected by it.

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