A Million Empty Promises
Green Dream Turns to Nightmare for German Workers
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  • Gene

    When you fight your political battles against math, math WILL win, sooner or later.

    • TommyTwo

      The Cold Equations. I remember being stunned when I learned of the highly charged negative reaction to this story. It seems some people simply refuse to acknowledge reality. (Cf “Reality-based community.”)

      • f1b0nacc1

        That has been one of my favorite stories ever since I first read it as a child in the late 60s.
        When I was teaching (in this case a grad-level seminar), I assigned this to my students on a regular basis. When asked why (science fiction seemed a bit out of place for this unrelated field), I pointed out that this was a useful explanation of how what we desperately want to happen is a very different thing from what the universe is going to do….

        • TommyTwo

          Kudos. A related favorite of mine is “The Jet that Crashed Before Take-off,” a short non-fiction piece by Beirne Lay Jr.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    And they shot themselves with this economic bullet based on the greatest hoax in history “Global Warming”.

  • Boritz

    How many people, German and American, believe that like our own stimulus not enough resources were allocated to make this the big success it could have been.

  • qet

    I read where someone likened the doomed doves released by the Pope to “sausages with wings.” I think this will become one of my go-to metaphors, or similes. The German people who supported and voted for these Green policies, and even more so the workers who lost their jobs, were just sausages with wings. The Americans currently coping with Obamacare, like the guy mentioned in the Via Meadia post up-blog? Sausages with wings. &c.

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