Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Confused German Chancellor Schroeder Disparages America

In his speech to a trade union in Hanover, on Wednesday, outgoing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder warned of the dangers of eroding the welfare functions of the state. "I can think of a recent disaster that shows what happens when a country neglects its duties of state towards its people. My post as chancellor, which I still hold, does not allow me to name that country but you all know that I am talking about America," said Schroeder, who will soon cede his post to conservative rival Angela Merkel.

Perhaps Schroeder had been fooled by false media reports of unrescued Katrina victims, perhaps he is unfamiliar with the primary responsibilities for and lack of preparedness of Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin under the U.S. Constitution, or perhaps he is a knave.

Is Mr. Schroeder's comment arrogant, or simply foolish? His use of the terms 'duties of state' and 'welfare functions of state' say it all.
Germany (#49), as a nation ranks behind Louisiana (#34) in GDP per capita, according to 1998 statistics.

In terms of land area, Louisiana (51,843 square miles) is more than one-third the size of Germany (137,826 square miles).

While there can be little doubt that Louisiana would, if it were a sovereign country, have a German embassy, Mr. Schroeder, a head of state, seems confused about the responsibilities and autonomy of American state governments under the U.S. Constitution.

While the president of the U.S. meets with both the head of Germany and the Governor of Louisiana, he is able to dictate to neither, nor is either bound to accept his advise. Angela Merkel will be a welcomed change.

2 Comments:

At 18 October, 2005 23:19, Blogger Scott D said...

Very interesting statistics. I am happy to see Schroeder being tossed onto the socialist scap heap

 
At 21 January, 2007 14:20, Blogger Vigilis said...

Chap, while the concept is interesting, it is too misleading for this reason:

In terms of GDP per country and state, results are skewed to make relatively small, less significant countries appear the equivalents of American states.

Instead of Indonesia being Louisiana's economic counterpart, on a per capita GDP basis, Germany is actually closer.

We must beware of any bias that tends to make American voters undervalue their productivity relative to the rest of the political world. I suspect some globalists devised these maps as propaganda for a one world government.

In October, 2005, outgoing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (referring to hurricane Katrina) glossed over the lawful autonomy of U.S. states: "I can think of a recent disaster that shows what happens when a country neglects its duties of state towards its people. My post as chancellor, which I still hold, does not allow me to name that country but you all know that I am talking about America."

I posted that Germany (#49), as a nation ranks behind Louisiana (#34) in GDP per capita. Louisiana would, if it were a sovereign country, have a German embassy. Mr. Schroeder, a head of state, seems confused about the responsibilities and autonomy of American state governments under the U.S. Constitution.

I hope the same is not true of yourself or your readers, Chap.

 

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