Tuesday, November 29, 2011

If only we were better learners.

And by "we", I mean you.

From the Financial Times (full article here).

Germany is the only country in Europe that can act to save the eurozone and the wider European Union from “a crisis of apocalyptic proportions”, the Polish foreign minister warned on Monday in a passionate call for more drastic action to prevent the collapse of the European monetary union.
Have you ever seen the movie "Breaking Away"?

Go ahead and watch it. I'll wait right here.

Well in the final chapter, there's a bike race and it's monumental because for the first time in history, "the cutters" (aka the townies) are going to be allowed to race against the wealthy, rich, elitist college kids (aka the wealthy, rich, elitist college kids). It's an opportunity for which they've begged and pleaded much in the same way that the countries in Europe pined for an EU (as long as Germany joined).

The Cutters though, they just show up cold. When you're offered the opportunity of a lifetime; a chance to right all the wrongs put upon you and your kind for generations; to finally show your intellectual betters that you're every bit as good as they are; to strike a blow for the middle-class everywhere,  you show up completely unprepared. Except. Except for the fact that you have an ace up your sleeve.

Because "it's the American way" to show up wholly unprepared and to fly by the seat of your pants and by sheer force of will and lots of concentration to win anyway. This works 100% of the time... in Libland (aka Hollywood, CA) so of course it works in real life. That's what they'd have us believe anyway.

Well, Dave is their secret weapon. He has been training like a BOSS for the past year in his futile attempt to beat the Italians who have come to Bloomfield, IL to race in what appears to be a road race with no less than 90 bicyclists. Although he's physically ready to easily keep their pace, he is tossed to the side of the road like an unwanted cigarette butt when he threatens them with his ability. Really, they just shove a bike pump into his front wheel and he goes pitch-poling off the road. This breaks his spirit but he's no quitter- not after his friends beg him to bail them out of this hot water they've gotten into much in the same way that the countries in Europe pined for an EU (as long as Germany joined).. This is all starting to sound like the EU, isn't it?

Once the race begins, the rules are simple. There are 4 men to a team and each team member must race at least one lap. The race begins and each of the other 3 team members ride for a lap or two and then hand the bike off to Dave to finish the race. Essentially, they're handing the ball to the 1%er and sitting back in their lawn chairs sunning themselves. Pretty soon, they don't even bother to cheer for him as he passes. Socialism at its best.

Well, as is the wont of Hollywood movie productions. It's not enough that he win the race. There must be a struggle. He's hurt in a crash and can't continue. His teammates wave him on because they're way too tired and out of shape to do any good for the team so he's on his own. Eventually, he stops anyway because he has no choice and the 3 Cutters fight over who's going to go next. Things look bleak at this point... extra bleak (aka current events in the EU).

Ultimately, Dave has to man up and take up the slack the others had accumulated and decides he must get his feet taped onto the peddles and finish the race do or die. And so he does.

While I draw many similarities with this movie and the current economical conditions in the EU, the big difference is that what's happening in the EU is real and "Breaking Away" is just a movie. Germany may resent the fact that it was drawn into the EU in the first place and may be hoping above hope that they could figure some way out of this without a complete global economic collapse, but the fact is, they're the only one on their team capable of carrying this team to the finish line.

The other EU nations can complain all they want about the superiority and elitism of Germany (and perhaps the UK) but the fact remains that when they need help (as they always, mysteriously, do), they'll be calling on Germany to help. It's the ant and the grasshopper all over again. And these Liberals pride themselves on being "well read".

The UK (wisely) left themselves out of hot water by refraining from participating in the EU in the first place so now Germany is stuck. The only hope remaining for a team of ne'er-do-wells who know neither responsibility, sacrifice, nor hard work. Even if they do somehow pull a rabbit out of a hat and survive all this, their future does not look too promising. Even in the movie, they all went back to their loser life-styles while Dave went on to attend college. Something tells me Germany can expect the same fate and as for the others? Good.Luck.

1 comment:

Evil_Klown said...

Idiot liberals are so funny. They think you can borrow money and never have to pay it back. The problem is when they force others (by government law) to be involved in their idiocy. And, as you'll notice, libs ALWAYS insist on involving others.

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