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Exposing Europe's "Syphilitic Structural Core" With MEP Daniel Hannan

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In an impassioned 80 seconds, MEP Daniel Hannan exposes the structurally rotten "syphilitic core" of a European Union whose existential crisis has now seemingly been pronounced 'over' by those wondrous self-denying members of the European elite. "There is an extraordinary denial going on," the eloquent Englishman expounds as he notes that they still "haven't addressed the fundamental problem," of 'applying a single monetary policy to countries with widely divergent conditions and means' leaving unemployment rising and growth stagnating. He notes that the crisis in one respect is over, the moment of decision of taking one of two paths, is indeed over - and "the squaller, the wretchedness, the unemployment and poverty have now become structural."


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Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:31 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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 "Syphilitic Structural Core"?... Oh, what can I say?... golf [CLAP]

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:39 | Link to Comment Alhazred
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france is still okay if you avoid the cities.


Well the grapes are okay atleast

I'm off to get drunk in epic style

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:17 | Link to Comment economics9698
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Great rhetorical speech. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:12 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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 'Epic' ~ Customarily it's the OPERATIVE word when it appears in a sentence... 

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 23:08 | Link to Comment smlbizman
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when did baltimore join the eu.......i thought we were the only ones with real syphilitic cores....

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 06:51 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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sadly it's just that, rhetorics

to quote Daniel Hannan: "… because we haven't addressed the fundamental problem: the unemployment is rising, growth is stuck, and those things are going to carry on until we accept the fundamental problem which is that we are applying a single monetary policy to countries with widely divergent conditions and means…"


who is "we", Mr. Hannan? You are an English Member of the European Parlliament, it's your country, the UK, that made it clear as glass that the EU and the eurozone are two separate clubs. you know it

Your country has the British Pound, not the EUR, and so an independent monetary policy, which is just much more accomodative than the ECB's. you know it

You are just making noises in the fucking wrong place, you would have to address one of the 17 eurozone parliaments, of which you aren't a member. you know it

And so you are just catering to your readers who like to see their prejudices justified in the newspapers. you know that


Well, at least in this one of your articles in the Telegraph you, Jacques Delors and I all agree: it's time to leave the EU, United Kingdom


According to what I hear, Britons will vote in 2014 for Scotland's independence and 2015 for the BrExit. Good riddance, I'd say - or, even more hilariously, until the City of London realizes that being shut out of the EU might mean being shut of the continental financial markets and starts a great propaganda war in the opposite direction as until now

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 23:22 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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The cities are bad, but the suburbs are epically worse(the police don't go to over a thousand different locations in France unless in force), and in no place is France is your stuff secure.   Leave nothing in your car, and have nothing you're proud of in your house/apt, unless it is barred up and guarded.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:25 | Link to Comment Sanksion
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And I expect soon sharia laws one several of these locations, as in UK and Sweden. It is going to be epic. We'll have our little Palestine all over the places. lol

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 07:26 | Link to Comment Go Tribe
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If we can't behave in a civilized manner, the muslims will impose security on us.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:08 | Link to Comment OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Now Martell is an epic nectar, much much better than that Courvoisier and Remy Martin rubbish...but Hine is still the best. Churchill's brand.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:44 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Our government, in a 'nut'-shell...hard(but not impossible) to find a more diseased mass of self-important a-holes co-habitating in buildings our taxes paid for, living on our dime, and making a mockery of the Founders. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Kobe Beef
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I never asked for any of it. Neither did I ever sign any informed consent paper to be included in la grande sociological experiment. I wish there could be a better means of organizing our affairs then the kleptocracies of the present day..

Honestly, how many ZH readers signed the dotted line with the current mockeries, ahem, policies of the Modern State? None living signed the American Constitution, & the EU doesn't actually have a Constitution, so how many Free Citizens among us actually agreed to participate in the Statist Enterprise of today? Those who sign Government Employment paychecks, certainly, and how many others? Is there any corner of our society where the State has not placed its monetary tentacles? Nor any interest, where it has not oversight?

The State is Everywhere. Presently under oligopolic control. Toward what end I do not know, though we are all taxed to pay for it. All of it. So Zero Hedge, The Total State: Do You Agree or Disagree?

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:48 | Link to Comment knowless
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tylers, why no update on developements in pakistan?


sounds like a islamist coup

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:28 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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Not really an Islamist coup

The majority of Pakistanis are moderate Muslims, influenced by the Sufi tradition ... though certainly the American drone plane murders of Pakistani women and children are pushing people to become jihadis, and egging on the sectarian and ethnic strife there (Pakistan is about 20% Shia, and there are multiple ethnic groups and languages)

Mostly people in Pakistan are just sick of the corruption and the economic disaster, and too much arse-kissing of American murderers

Important movement there by a Canadian-Pakistani imam

Good article here on Veterans Today, 'Perfect Storm Sets Over Islamabad'

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:12 | Link to Comment knowless
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thanks, all i'd heard was the guardian article, which wasn't exactly sympathetic to anyone involved.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 23:38 | Link to Comment ImReady
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I guess Pakistanis have bigger balls than Americans. Maybe we should hire them to get rid of our corrupted rulers. 

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:52 | Link to Comment Miffed Microbio...
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Clap is slang for gonorrhea. Haircut is the slang term for syphilis. As in "someone willing be getting a haircut".


Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:58 | Link to Comment JPM Hater001
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I always wanted to tell my team they were syphilitical but I could never work it into the conversation.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:28 | Link to Comment Peconic Bay
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Pretty much says it all.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:28 | Link to Comment A Lunatic
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I think this guy delivers the morning radio news in my area................

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:29 | Link to Comment Say What Again
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I hope our central bankers catch this "trending" disease.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:02 | Link to Comment TwoShortPlanks
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Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:23 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Well, yes, it is true that Europe seems to have more problems than we do, at least now.  And the euro currency itself probably has a lot to do with that.

Others (including FOFOA) think that the euro currency is just fine though...

Maybe the proper answer is decentralization!  Down with Brussells Eurocrats telling everyone what to do...  Perhaps some of our European friends (Sudden Debt, Ghordius, Super Brocolli) will offer up their views.

OTHER European countries beyond Germany taking THEIR gold back might buy them some more time, but probably not...  Europe's problems (as our problems do) seem to come from within, from their culture.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:31 | Link to Comment Poor Grogman
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"Others (including FOFOA) think that the euro currency is just fine though..."

Does FOFOA stand for " Friend of Friend of Ananonymous"

After all they both ramble incoherently spreading unsubstantiated half truths and confusion laced with a sense of secret knowledge...

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:51 | Link to Comment akak
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At least AnAnonymous is not even 1/500th as verbose as FOFOA.  Just the thought of it makes me shudder!

I still have to wonder whether that verbosity of FOFOA is not deliberate and intentional obfuscation. If not, he needs to realize that there is something wrong when somebody is unable to present their thesis in less than 25,000 words.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:38 | Link to Comment Poor Grogman
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It is the wise head that is the issue not the blabbing up of the still tongue.

So would annoying mouse try and tell us...

Or put another way

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 06:59 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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DoChen, if you define europe's problems as too much debt, then you have to acknowledge that it's too much sovereign debt, here

If we continental europeans would listen to the hyperhypothecating City of London bankers, then we would go back to the old small currencies and we would pile our sovereign debt into EuroBonds

that's where their interests lie

the EU and Brussels have nothing to do with it - this is just propaganda

we think that by balancing the budgets we do the more constructive and sustainable thing, towards shrinking the sov debt

history will tell

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:33 | Link to Comment THE DORK OF CORK
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The evidence is in…………… Europe is the plantation owners house or possibly just a madhouse and Asia is the cotton fields………..
To free up capital for its global wage arbitrage operations the bankers have decided to not feed the man servants & maids in the big house.

The euro is /was the biggest con job of all time…………European savings have no local investment role as the banks cannot make a cut from such high Euro labour rates.

The Euro is pure poison.
It has struck straight into the heart of the nation state and indeed perhaps went beyond all its makers dreams.
European capital export has created the Asian monster , the bankers perfect creation.

The most terrifying monetary experiment ever created.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:52 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Dork o' Cork!  

+1  Nice contrarian view of the euro.

The euro is my only real problem with FOFOA's whole case.  YOU are there in one of the areas suffering.  Nice analogy to our own "house slaves" vs. "field slaves".  We need even MORE input from ZH's European members...

But, the USA has also exported jobs to Asia.  It's not JUST European banks...


LOL the video, how apropos...  :)

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:29 | Link to Comment THE DORK OF CORK
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@Do chen

The standard of living (wages) in western Europe started to decline (relative to productivity) after 1980 or perhaps after 1986 (european monetary act)


The banks don't make money from wealth creation - they make money from arbitrage.

They used this surplus to build their plantations

The euro regieme can be seen as a series of onion rings caused by various wage deflation events  / capital export starting in the core and moving outward.

FOFOA seems to be under the impression that the heart of darkness lies in the US

The true dead heart of this pointless globalism / capital destruction is in Europe.


The euro was just the enabler for European capital export to Asia.

In the real world this meant that they could build half a dozen China coal plants for the price of one european nuclear plant as this required high wages which the banks can't make any money on.


The euro economic envoirment is absurd.

There is almost zero local trade.

This is a result of the euro system.

The global banks just extract europeans capital for their communist plantations in the east.


Physical euro introduction in 2002 casued a massive spike in chinese coal consumption.

Thats all you need to know.

Europe is a fucking zoo.


Wage deflation is the real inflation in the western world.

Wage deflation is inflation.

When the banks create a asset be it a house or a car they extract capital....its a extraction operation.

Although the nation state was essentially a banking creation ....nation state like investments made this extraction somewhat more sustainable by creating real assets which would counter the general depletion characteristics of their operations.

After 1986 ~ that era ended.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 23:38 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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Bravo on this post....really shows here in the US, we shoudl of seen this coming.

"Wage deflation is inflation." - Brilliant.

Tell that to Keynesians.  They'll probably deny to the heavens

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:28 | Link to Comment Jack Burton
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Great post as always Dork! You have put it all quite well.

I am watching the fight in your neighbor Island over their continued role in the EU. Most now want out, but the politicians and bankers want IN. That gives away what the EU is all about. Control of the poulation to a higher power, that resides inside banks and the great trading houses.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:36 | Link to Comment Lord Koos
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I usually let this kind of shit slide but it's "squalor" not "squaller".

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:09 | Link to Comment Catflappo
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I think a "squaller" would be someone who creates a short, showery, burst of wind from the sea?

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:37 | Link to Comment Orly
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I hate to be the grammar cop, too, but for some reason that irritated me to no end.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 23:26 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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Yeah, to hell with that, basterdizing the tongue and, mispelling to.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:15 | Link to Comment Say What Again
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I read "Strunk & White" just to relax.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 00:18 | Link to Comment Orly
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I could deal wiff da misspellins and even some engegardius werds throwed up in dat.  Alls I'm sayin' is dat if you fittna use a werd dat nobody ever hears, and dere's people dere who does no de werd, den how come you can't spell it?

(Of course, it wasn't the speaker.  It was the transcriber...)

However, I certainly would have at least expected Tyler to insert a, "sic," afterwards to warn us of such engegardius use of language!  Heinous!


Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:59 | Link to Comment Ralph Spoilsport
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I had a relative what growed up in Squatney in the UK. Nigel I think he was.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:39 | Link to Comment joego1
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Caught fucking that dirty little tart again!!

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 23:17 | Link to Comment Notarocketscientist
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As in "I reached between her legs and found only a squalorous hairy catchers mitt - which disgusted me to no end"


Shave that pussy so damn hairy

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:01 | Link to Comment Catflappo
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Aha - now we are on to merkins...

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:47 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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squal·or {skwäl-ur} (Noun): A state of being extremely dirty.
Synonyms filth - misery - dirt - dirtiness - grime - poverty

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:57 | Link to Comment Meatballs
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Yeah, squalor, bitchez!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:38 | Link to Comment shovelhead
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Squaller is whatcha git with a passle of young-uns commencin to raise a ruckus.

Y'all need some more book-larnin.


Tue, 01/15/2013 - 20:54 | Link to Comment THE DORK OF CORK
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The movement of oil /gas east can be seen in the above video.


This guy (if you care to believe him) says that almost all of Iraqs cheap oil output will flow east.

Iraq alone will be responsible for 45% of total oil growth ! in the years up to 2020.


If true you really get the impression that the US foreign policy / global projection is run in the interests of global banking interests rather then any perceived national interest.


His look at Europe is farcical..........

Renewables don't work if you start to burn coal as the UK and to a lesser extent mainland europe did last year.

see 11.00 minutes

"Major new trade axis between Middle east & Asia with all its consequences.............

90% of middle east oil going to Asia in 2035"


The one caveat to the above is that its the IEA. (kissingers spawn)

Its perhaps what the bankers want but it will mean Europe will become at least a second world power - especially if Europe runs down Nuclear power as it requires high wages which the banks just hate.




Wed, 01/16/2013 - 05:18 | Link to Comment Reptil
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French nuclear plants have been run with the use of inexpensive unskilled seasonal labour.

Your assessment is correct, though your focus on nuclear as the determining factor for the existence (or lack thereof) of a "knowledge economy" is not. It was one of the symptomes.

Another indication is the managed "dumbing down" of the school curriculum in countries like the Netherlands, which did promote a "knowledge economy" before 1986.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 07:54 | Link to Comment THE DORK OF CORK
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The "Dash for Gas" replaced nuclear post 1986~, chernobyl was the excuse but not the real reason.


The bankers have created a global barbell economy with a nat gas weight in the west (now sinking in Europe) & a coal weight in China linked by marine bunker fuel.

Energy is the key to it I am afraid.

The west no longer has enough skilled workers in the now rump nuclear industry.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:09 | Link to Comment billybobtx
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Had a squaller just last night, she woke the neighbors ;)

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:10 | Link to Comment TheLastMan
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There is an erroneous myth that syph orginated as a result of people (bankers?) giving it to sheep(le).  Just saying.


Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:25 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Apparently, the medicine resistant Gono has landed in continental North America, a warning to all twirling boulevardiers...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:18 | Link to Comment akak
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Oh my God, Gideon Gono has landed in North American?!

Quick, somebody guard all the printers!

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:32 | Link to Comment Bullish Bear
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Mission Accomplished

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:33 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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Look everyone.  Watch the politician talk and do nothing.



Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:34 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Dude can't get an audience.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:49 | Link to Comment Market_Magician
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It always amazes me this guy isn't PM.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 06:52 | Link to Comment smacker
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Probably because if he were to stand for that job, he would first have to be elected as leader of the Conservative Party. If he got thru that, a whole army of Establishment talking heads (mostly progressive Lefties and champagne socialists with vested interests), 90% of MSM and the socialist Labour Party would put their superficial differences to one side and close ranks to destroy him. Every one of these groups has a vested interest in continuing with the façade.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 01:42 | Link to Comment monopoly
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How well he speaks. It would be so nice if one, any one of our politicians could speak eloquently in full sentences without lying. Oh well. It is what it is.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 02:51 | Link to Comment pies_lancuchowy
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Good one from Hannan. Soon his penance for moronic endorsement of OBAMA in 2008 will be over.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:04 | Link to Comment Flatchestynerdette
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um, what happened to Nigel?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 03:27 | Link to Comment Joe A
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All going according to the EU plan of making everybody equally poor, except for those folks on the hill. Socialism only works if everybody is 'equal'. Takes a bit of oppression and abolition of democracy of course.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 06:46 | Link to Comment smacker
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Indeed. As was once said:

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 06:44 | Link to Comment smacker
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Yep, Dan Hannan is one the very few British politicians (along with Nigel Farage) who not only understands proper economics but has the guts to tell it like it is.

It's interesting to note that whenever Hannan or Farage stand up in Brussels to make a speech, the chief unelected political slimeball "Barroso" feigns disinterest and sits there shuffling his papers as though he has more important matters to attend to than the future well-being of Europe, and no doubt checking his own next speech to tell the world that Europe's financial crises is over.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 09:25 | Link to Comment pies_lancuchowy
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also interesting to know that as eloquent as he is now, as recently as in 2008 Hannan didn't yet understanding proper economics , while officialy endorsing OBAMA !

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 09:59 | Link to Comment smacker
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Indeed. But he's not a natural Obama supporter and I guess, like so many others - he did so believing Obama was the best of a bad bunch. A lot of people were fooled by Obama's empty "yes we can" rhetoric, including myself albeit for a different reason. As an Austrian economics advocate Hannan's obviously appalled at what's going on.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 09:00 | Link to Comment Clashfan
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Please. squalor

Get an editor already.

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