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Italy Labor Union Predicts Return To Pre-Crisis Employment By 2076

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By now it is conventional wisdom that the Italian economy is foundering alongside all other peripheral European nations as a result of a failed artificial currency leading to an inability for external rebalancing, a flawed monetary system leading to a collapse in credit demand, and the lack of any structural reform (and sorry, but when your budget deficit is soaring alongside your debt it's anything but "austerity's fault"). However, there is hope. According to Italy's trade union CGIL, good news may be just around the corner as Italy looks set to recover its pre-crisis unemployment level... In 2076, or a brief 63 years from now. "So, you're telling me there's a chance."

From Quotidiano:

It will take 63 years to recover employment levels of 2007. Only in 2076 will Italy return to the 25,026,400 units of labor standards in 2007 from 23,531,949 in 2014. This is stated in the office economic study of CGIL, which takes as its starting point the current context.

Some other metrics may not need to wait three generations until they "recover", among which GDP, which should return to pre-crisis levels in 2026, investment - by 2024, and productivity should be back in a brisk three years.

So much for the good news.

Now the bad news: "the level of real wages will never recover."

We are not sure if this was the base case, or the optimistic one. In either case, at least Italy has the Euro, and all that No Plan B "political capital" backing it.


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Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:37 | Link to Comment Seasmoke
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Well worth paying those Union Dues for

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:47 | Link to Comment prains
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too bad their population will be 50 million by then,opps. so even if employment numbers grow the % of employed will still shrink

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:00 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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That's not so bad.  I'll only be a hundred and...  WTF?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:09 | Link to Comment negative rates
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There's no plan B, and you ain't gonna like plan C!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 20:06 | Link to Comment Midas
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"Just when I think they can't get any dumber,

...they do something like this, and TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES!"


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:59 | Link to Comment nasdaq99
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hard to make up shit any dumber than this.  brainless, gutless, totally morally bankrupt continent will implode this summer.

sweden riots popped up out of nowhere, now turkey popping up right outta nowhere.  it's gonna be likw whack-a-mole when they start burning it down in a month or so.  

a new group i hadn't heard of before has called for a national strike in portugal in july.  their name?  "Screw the Troika":,0,6436374.story

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:16 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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And yesterday a mass of protesters advanced on euro-zone central bank headquarters in Frankfurt, to block the streets and entrances, and intimidate the European Central Bank employees

Blockupy the ECB ! was the theme (block + occupy)

The people in the streets are targeting the banks and central banks now ... it will indeed get hot

Somebody may well throw an incendiary and try to blow up that giant 'euro' € sign in front of the Frankfurt Central Bank building

« Thousands of anti-austerity protesters have flooded the streets leading to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt in a so-called ‘Blockupy’ protest. »

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:19 | Link to Comment nasdaq99
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and meanwhile nigel farage gains strength and even if he can't get contol anytime soon, he is totally changing the debate.  love that guy.  i wish the US had ONE SINGLE POLITICIAN with his clarity and ability to get the message across.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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you wish for his clarity and ability to represent the Corporation of which he is a Fellow or the ones to take your country out of a trade union?

which reminds me: what is his position on the Transatlantic Trade Pact that Obama and Cameron want? it'd be a bit strange if he would not have noticed that...

meanwhile he enjoys being a MEP that represents his voters by abstaining on everything, as far as I'm informed. is this what convinces you? his voting record?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 19:01 | Link to Comment Acet
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Thanks to Nigel Farage I can come here to ZH and see that there are still suck... err ... people that believe that words speak louder than actions - in this world.

Give the man a pint - he's providing a public service.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 19:58 | Link to Comment nasdaq99
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he sees clearly enough that he can tell that the EU is becoming a fascist dictatorship that pushes it's people into the gutter to prevent their banks from collapsing.  he sees well enough that he can see that it WILL FAIL and therefore the sooner the better.  this summer you will watch a struggle in your joke of an EU and when the group "SCREW THE TROIKA" in portugal shuts down the country again in July and riots pop up everywhere, you will get to watch your EU socialists go from socialist to fascist if they hope to put it down.  Beppe Grillo will be waiting to take italy out of the euro soon enough.  New Dawn is gaining strength in greece with a freaking swasitka for an emblem!  how bad does it have to get before the people of europ decide that , yeah, the damn thing is broken?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:49 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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are you fearing or cheering the Far Right?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:56 | Link to Comment thatthingcanfly
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There is no such thing as the "Far Right." One either wants Western Civ to survive, or he does not. Within that context, "far" or "extreme" have no meaning, except to the culture-destroying leftists who wish to mischaracterize those who want the West to survive the leftist attacks.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 15:21 | Link to Comment nasdaq99
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nicely said thing,

the political spectrum is not really a flat line like most think.  it's a circle that comes together like in greece where the far right and the far left come together to push out the middle, the status quo.  the EU is dying and the faster they fail, the better for the people but sadly, they have to much engrained status quo to let it go until it implodes.  at least Farage recognizes the futility of a common currency in a totally uncommon group of people.  it will have to end very badly before it will be fixed, i fear.  it would take a Powerful lot of bribes to get anybody to join the EU after the disaster they are witnessing, but that too is happening. 

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:29 | Link to Comment Bring the Gold
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Look for agent provocateurs to do exactly what you are talking about which will in turn justify the enforcement of a green zone around things like the ECB.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:39 | Link to Comment Vendetta
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at least someone besides pussy-riot is yelling at the root source of the problem in the world financial markets and economies

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:28 | Link to Comment Burt Gummer
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These are just as good as cash, These are IOU's!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:37 | Link to Comment JeremyWS
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but they said there was a recovery.....

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:37 | Link to Comment GeezerGeek
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Recoveries once were measured in months. How did we get to where they're measured in decades? And will any of us readers be alive then to check the prognostications?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:36 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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...if there still is an Italy by that time.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:39 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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"Holy Roman Empire." Move along...

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:38 | Link to Comment sunny
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Makes you wonder who will be the chair of the Fed of the US government by then?  If there is a Fed.  If there is a US government.  Just wondering.


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:40 | Link to Comment Totentänzerlied
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"the level of real wages will never recover."

This honesty is refreshing.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:52 | Link to Comment wee-weed up
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They need to take a hint from Obama...

Lie your ass off!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:25 | Link to Comment wee-weed up
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I see the resident Obama apologist is shitting in the punchbowl and running away without comment yet again.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Edward Fiatski
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Oh, boy.

Another confirmation of a HOT Summer - Friday Italy posted Quarterly Unemployment Rate at 11.9% vs. 11.2% exp & 11.4% prev (Rev from 11.2%)

No one is lending, no one is hiring, no one is (re-)investing.

Good job!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:28 | Link to Comment PontifexMaximus
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But still having a hard time to get a parking lot for ur car in Rome, Milan, Florence etc.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:58 | Link to Comment Edward Fiatski
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That's the increasing inventory. :-)

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:46 | Link to Comment Seeking Aphids
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Return to full productivity in 3 years! There you have it.....we are fully productive with highunemployment.........time to reconsider the social contract......people  need to be paid for being productive in other senses - parents are productive, for example. As are artists and gardeners. They should be paid for their efforts to make our lives more beautiful and for raising children....unrealistic you say? So we should just keep paying huge salaries/bonuses to bankers, ceo's and politicians - all of whom are vital to society, right?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:51 | Link to Comment Rimon
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Does anyone really take 63yr predictions seriously? It's hard enough to have confidence 3yrs out.. Plus whenever a union whines they always have an incentive to sound dire to shakedown some concessions from policy makers.. Put this "prediction" into ignore basket

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:34 | Link to Comment max2205
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Like 100 year bonds? 

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:24 | Link to Comment fxrxexexdxoxmx
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+ 100

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:42 | Link to Comment Vendetta
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what they were really saying was there will be no employment recovery till everyone but the very youngest are dead.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 23:21 | Link to Comment Almost Solvent
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Says the piece of shit troll named Rimon.  Go back to the cunt you crawled out of.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:56 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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Thing is... just look back at what happened in the last 63 years... ya think the next 63 years are gonna be more or less eventful?? Your predictions that far out are worthless... but eh, it just shows the union mindset... if we say that's what's gonna be... that's what's gonna happen! Why? Because I said so! I'm from the union! I'm GOD!!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:39 | Link to Comment timbo_em
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Sorry but this prediction is outright ridiculous and their PhD-eCONomist should be fired asap. According to my seasonally-adjusted excel numbers it will be in Q1 of 2074.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:58 | Link to Comment Village-idiot
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I think you're being a little too optimistic.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:44 | Link to Comment Vendetta
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my excel numbers show Q3 of 2073 but I guess we're just splitting hairs and experiencing rounding errors.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:57 | Link to Comment B2u
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and the budget will be balanced by 2176.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 14:58 | Link to Comment foodstampbarry
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Whatsa madder you? You no like?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:00 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Green shoots...

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:03 | Link to Comment virgilcaine
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First one who bolts from the shackles wins. As of now they are all on the Eu chain gang for the sake of unity!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:03 | Link to Comment Smegley Wanxalot
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I can hardly wait.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:03 | Link to Comment Navymugsy
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When I lived in Sicily in the early 80's unemployment was close to 40%. I guess they exported that model to mainland Italy. What a shame. Great country with great folks but shitty banker butt kissing leadership.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:18 | Link to Comment MFLTucson
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Sounds just like the US except we need to collapse this sovereign debt first and we will never be the manufacturing powerhouse with corrupt corporations, gangsters bankers  and babbling idiots like we now have in DC..

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:14 | Link to Comment MFLTucson
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So soon?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:25 | Link to Comment PontifexMaximus
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It will even take a 100 years as long as morons such as Camusso and Bonanni are heading the major unions. Never mind il bel paese will move along on the bumby road, even with 50 to 60% youth unemployment, they have hotel mama taking care of them. What to worry about.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:41 | Link to Comment Jena
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Really, what's the hurry?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:23 | Link to Comment Racer
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And they put up with this and not do an Iceland, why?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:51 | Link to Comment Village-idiot
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The media would rather ignore Iceland's 6.5% unemployment rate.

It doesn't quite jibe with the message they're trying to indoctrinate the masses with.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:17 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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 media would rather ignore Iceland's 6.5% unemployment rate...and that big fat juicy loan they took from the IMF

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 15:36 | Link to Comment booboo
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"Dumb and Dumber" The Jim Carey Story

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:00 | Link to Comment Flatchestynerdette
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Whenever the words "Plan B" are used on this site for whatever reason, I'm reminded of the over the counter, available to 15 year olds pill that let's you go PARTY the night before and then have no 9 month consequences to deal with.

Flip it and you've got Italy. Same premise: No Plan B so their problems will just BALLOON until its way overdue and nobody remembers the genesis of the problem.


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:14 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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Year 2076 lmao...more like year 23 stone age or some bullshit like that. why in the hell do financial institutions operate on a 360 day year and the rest of us get fucked for another 5 days in a 365 day year??? 

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:23 | Link to Comment css1971
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WTF? They barely have any idea what'll happen in 3 years never mind 63.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:30 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Chef Boy-Ar-Dee commercial - 1953


This definitely makes Monsanto GM foods look silly and overpriced.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:35 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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"There have been 4 jobs or activities which Man has engaged in throughout the centuries: Hunter/Gathering, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Services. What's next? What category can you imagine in which billions of people will be working in the future?

It turns out that there is a final category. It is known as Unemployment.

As Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Services become more efficient in the coming months, workers will have nowhere to go but to the unemployment line. At some point, Man's artificial economic system will necessarily collapse. When that happens, the corporations which produce and deliver food will no longer have an incentive to do so. The cities will suffer great hunger and it will be the end of Man.

The current jobless situation you read about in the news is not an ordinary part of the business cycle. It is the final stretch of the linear trend that began with the birth of our species".

 - Bill Gaede

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:56 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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That is the plan. Once everyone is on the unemployed government dole, you will be reclassified for job employment under government discretion. Those who fall short of requirements must go back to school to become certified. Get back in debt bitchez, your government told you so.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:44 | Link to Comment Village-idiot
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Crisis? What crisis? We haven't reached the crisis yet!

When the world does reach a crisis that's when people, out of desperation, finally decide that the majority of the politicians over the last 100 years are/were either criminally corrupt or, at best completely incompetent. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and call them incompetent.

Hopefully the majority will come to the realization that socialism does not work; but only destroys economies. 

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:51 | Link to Comment q99x2
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By 20fuckin76 people won't be needed for employment.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:01 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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It’s a good thing. I will be already be in my dirt nap laughing at the demise of society.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:55 | Link to Comment Village-idiot
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Hey, no problemo! The debt can be paid off with worthless Euros.

Around that time a cup of coffee will cost about 100 trillion Euros!


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:01 | Link to Comment Village-idiot
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Why not ask a weatherman for a prediction? They're pretty good at predicting the future, about 2-3 days anyway.

But I'd wager any weatherman is better than any union at predictions.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:09 | Link to Comment adr
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If I save $10k a year for 100 years I'll be a millionaire.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:49 | Link to Comment Vendetta
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and you'll be able to buy a loaf of bread while the blankfein/dimon ilk sail off in their 170 ft yachts after 3.5 years of "work"

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:19 | Link to Comment dolph9
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This is an important point everyone.

Remember, the broken promises are always about the future.

Tomorrow you will be 22 years old and will have hot young women flocking to you (the reality is that tomorrow you will be 50 with a limp dick and a fat wife).  Tomorrow you will be a billionaire (the reality is that tomorrow you will be broke).  Tomorrow will be the best day of your life (the reality is that today is just about as good as it's going to get).

It's always about tomorrow in our modern world.  It's a way for people to avoid the question of tough choices, about how they want to live their life right now.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:36 | Link to Comment Tom Green Swedish
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Italy has got to be the biggest pile of shit in Europe.  When are we going to stop giving these party animal pervert ass clowns money?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 14:25 | Link to Comment Non Passaran
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Lecturer of the day: the harmonius Sweden

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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And I'm going to have a threesome with two submissive bi Maxim models any day now...

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 18:11 | Link to Comment smacker
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With good luck and a fair wind, some of them there young Italians may just manage a coupla weeks work before it's time to retire!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 18:12 | Link to Comment bugs_
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On a long enough timeline Keynesian policies will succeed!

We've got forever to prove you doubters wrong.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 18:16 | Link to Comment Downtoolong
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I'll buy this after I invest in Goldman's latest securitization of 150 year reverse mortgages.


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 20:28 | Link to Comment El Hosel
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So...  A 17 year old Italian can expect to have a good job by the age of 70. Awesome.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 02:24 | Link to Comment arnoldsimage
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quit your whining.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:19 | Link to Comment PFO
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"disabledvet" hit the nail on the head tho he did it kinda sideways.

"Holy Roman Empire." Move along...

The Great Catholic Monarch sleeps tonight in Central Europe awaiting his entry onto the world's stage and the New World Order will never know what hit them . . .

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 01:44 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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And hopefully by 2076 there won't be any half witted labor unions around to make grade school level comments like these.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 04:16 | Link to Comment dunce
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Communist regimes were fond of trotting out 5 year plans that never worked over and over. The reason they failed was only partly because the planners were communists, the main reason was that they were designed by bureaucrats. Businesses often have long term plans that they achieve or exceed. Rational people do not put forth 10, 20, or more year plans because there are to many uncontrolled variables and they value their credibility.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:51 | Link to Comment Vendetta
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Or .... we can get rid of the current paradigm of friedmanite economic/monetary philosphy and the intl bankers and politicians that support them and be in a full recovery within 3 years.

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