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I agree w/ you Jakila that Germany's politicians are tied closely to it's banking interests.  I guess that is true everywhere.  I simply objected to what seemed to me to be a very broad denigration of the German nation in general.  I personally, as stated in my previous comment, see Germany, and the German government, as very enlightened relative to some of the other nations in the Western World.  I mean at least they have a consensus, a plan to go with it and the guts to implement it, whereas we in the U.S. are gridlocked on Capitol hill to the point that it is an international embarrassment.  More importantly, beyond embarrassment, is the impotence and inability that this gridlock brings to move rapidly toward integrated policies that will help the American people.  So, warts and all, next to that, the German model looks mighty good to me.  Nevertheless I appreciate your measured assessment and your opinion.  This type of conversation is very necessary right now and that is what democracy should be about.

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