My experience was far different than the one described by Cynthia Wong. The tacos were no bigger than any taco I've had at any other Mexican restaurant in town. The barbacoa (shredded steak) taco was dry and bland, and the green sauce was not much help. The pork and chicken fared better. I was also shocked at the end of the meal to find that my non-refilled cup of tap water had cost $1.25. I won't be back.
I've been relieved by the lack of Bush style machismo from our leaders. It's almost as though some people realize that the most important things to base your foreign policy on might not be blind vengeance and pride. Interesting take from inside DPRK and wow that's an amazing website using the most advance html technology available in the 90s. It really sets a mood.
Bring your own spoon? Wouldn't a football be more appropriate? That's what Americans throw around randomly.
@Live Free: While I realize that empty platitudes and sarcasm are easier than learning about an issue they really don't add much to any discussion.
The Greek welfare system is actually one of the smallest in the Eurozone and the Greek economy is probably the most capitalist in the traditional sense (75% family business, little in the way of labor laws). The family businesses keep wages low with a lot of people working for almost nothing, and not much in the way of a social safety net for young people to be able to try and go out on their own away from the safe but hopeless family businesses. The two best ways for an economy to get out of Greece's current situation would increased deficit spending and devaluing the currency, neither of which is allowed because of the EU. The austerity measures put into place to secure the bailout will only hurt matters. You can't save an economy by cutting people's pay.
These are the kinds of things that critics of the euro said would happen. They said that advocates didn't think clearly enough about possible repercussions of different economies being under the same currency. Though no advocates would claim it, I would assume that a lot of them actually did think of these things, but thought that it would lead to an even closer fiscal and political union. That seems to be the only real solution, but right now also seems politically unfeasible.
Of course it's not just Greece that would benefit from looser monetary policy. All of Europe would be in much better shape if the European Central Bank (controlled by Germany)increased the money supply, but unfortunately the ECB is insistent on fighting inflation no matter the human cost, and no matter that there's no inflation anyway. I don't see how the bailout helps Greece in the long run if monetary policy isn't also loosened, which the ECB still refuses to do. It probably would have been better for Greece to just default and get it over with.
Wait a second. Are you suggesting that it might be wise to take into account anything besides vengeance and pride when considering military action? You are no American.
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