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Old 06-04-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Düsseldorf
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Sorry, but the Marshal Plan was really not the reason for the "Wirtschaftswunder". A strong industrial base, very low wages, introducing of the "Soziale Marktwirtschaft" and the "Korea-Boom" in the U.S. lead to a boom in exports. Despite the strategic bombing, 70% of the factories in West Germany were still intact.
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Old 06-04-2014, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Düsseldorf
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I enjoy that Germany is so popular

I think it is not that difficult to explain why Germany often get the first place in this BBC poll. The policy of Germany is often to stay out of trouble. Germany tries often to achieve a mediating role. The german policy is more reserved, observant. Germany is more willing to achieve a balance between different squabblers.

The U.S. is very different. They are involved in nearly every conflict in the world. It's clear that the U.S. get more contradiction. A less mighty country like Germany has it easier to make friends. But I am surprised that the german leadership in the EU don't leads to more refusal towards Germany.

This poll doesn't includes countries like Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands or Finland. All these countries would on top when they would ask the opinion about this countries.

It's sad that the distance between the U.S. and countries like China or Russia isn't larger. There are a lot of reasons to blame the U.S., but the USA is significant a better country than China or Russia and it's sad that especially among Germans countries like China and Russia often achieve a higher reputation than the U.S.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:52 PM
 
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These are great ideas, but to be honest they will have no impact until you cut the head off of the snake. Publicly funded elections, strict term limits, zero lobbying, zero campaign contributions. Make career politicians and corporate influence in elections a thing of the past.
I disagree. The problem is the victims in American society (poor working class) vote for the very same people who exploit them (Republicans). Republicans pander to their conservative religious beliefs and then get their votes. It baffles me how poor good ole boys will vote for the very same people who outsourced their jobs because they deny gay rights, abortion etc.

In short, they are doing it to themselves. They prioritize denying same sex marriage over preserving their job. That's why even the poorest areas in the South and rural areas in other states will vote for conservatives. Denying gay marriage, bashing illegals and Hispanics, and opposing gun control matter more to them that preventing jobs from being outsourced and making corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas,Nevada
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Why should we care what the rest of this planet thinks about us, or likes us?
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, QLD
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Well... as I've been told a thousand times by folks with similar political leanings as yours, goodbye. Perhaps Somalia? That's a favorite suggestion that I get often.

Yes, Somalia seems to be the magic slam when told to leave the country. It needs to have its own label similar to bringing up Hitler all the time (there is a name for that on Wikipedia as pointed out to me not long ago, but I don't remember the term). How about Somaliacentrism?


i did leave and am happier and healthier for it. I chose Australia. There really ARE better places to live besides the U$.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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i did leave and am happier and healthier for it. I chose Australia. There really ARE better places to live besides the U$.
I do think you all did great in throwing out your big spending wasteful government.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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I want to know where the positive views of North Korea are coming from. I was under the impression that even the Chinese were pretty fed up with them at this point
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, QLD
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I do think you all did great in throwing out your big spending wasteful government.

IDK We shall see I guess. LOTS of unhappy campers here though
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thumbs down Everybody loves Germany

Right...

Both of my grandfathers fought them in WW1. My dad and my uncles fought them in WW2, my dad being critically wounded in the battle of the bulge. My relatives in "the old country" narrowly missed execution during the occupation of their country.

Germans are my second favorite people.

Everyone else is first.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Not because of me so don't go telling me what I can or can't do. Your time might be better spent in front of a mirror.

I will not vote for the lesser of two evils.
I find your response odd. I'm not trying to tell you what to do and I certainly do not vote for the lesser of the two evils myself. You've got the wrong guy here. Allowing politicians to buy votes does not create a fair, free society. It creates the government we see today...its run by the rich.
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