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May 31, 2005

Euromoonbattery in Decline?

Posted by Dave Blount at May 31, 2005 8:51 AM

These have not been happy days for moonbats of the European elite.

Expatica reports that Germany's Left is splintering, which won't do much to enhance Gerhard Schroeder's anorexic chances of being returned to power in national elections expected this September.

Oskar Lafontaine, formerly the chairman of Schroeder's party, has quit the Social Democrats and plans to help set up a new way-left election bloc that will include former East German communists evidently nostalgic for their totalitarian past.

Lafontaine will split the Left, peeling loony-tunes extremist votes away from Schroeder, who according to Expatica, "has already largely lost another key bloc, the centrist vote or 'neue Mitte,' which first helped bring him to power in 1998."

The German government seems to have trapped itself in a vicious cycle: the more leftist its policies, the more the economy stagnates, the more people are thrown out of work, the more support irresponsible ideologues like Lafontaine receive when they demand ever more generous handouts to the ever growing ranks of the unemployed, driving up taxes and deepening the economic stagnation.

The only way out is to elect conservatives, and apparently that's what the Germans will be doing next fall.

Meanwhile, Schroeder's anti-Coalition ally Jacques Chirac appears to be planning a big shakeup of his administration following the sound defeat of a French referendum on the European Union's constitution.

A desperate appeal on TV three days before the vote, in which he melodramatically pleaded with voters to consider their children's future, had few buyers. The referendum went down in flames despite Chirac's pleas, 55% to 45%, leaving him looking like a lame duck who is out of touch with his constituency.

Politically crippled, Chirac is all the less likely to make any headway against France's most serious problems, which are the same as Germany's — a sluggish economy and high unemployment, the inevitable results of "third way" economic policies that try to split the difference between capitalism, which works, and communism, which doesn't.

The good news for both countries is that two years from now, both Schroeder and Chirac will be history.