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fes_fsa
8th February 09, 03:19 PM
PUTIN TO THE WEST: TAKE OUR MEDICINE
AND DON'T GO SOCIALIST


We've truly entered a Bizarro World universe, where up is down, right is left and the Russians, of all people, are now lecturing us about the virtues of free enterprise. (http://www.etherzone.com/2009/raim020309.shtml)


As America's political leaders rush to reinflate the bubble, Putin would let it pop:

"This means we must assess the real situation and write off all hopeless debts and 'bad' assets. True, this will be an extremely painful and unpleasant process. Far from everyone can accept such measures, fearing for their capitalization, bonuses, or reputation. However, we would 'conserve' and prolong the crisis, unless we clean up our balance sheets."
Unlike Barack Obama and his advisers, whose faith in government action is near religious, Putin warns against "excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state's omnipotence." It may be a "natural reaction" to turn to an increased state role in such times as these, yet "instead of streamlining market mechanisms, some are tempted to expand state economic intervention to the greatest possible extent. The concentration of surplus assets in the hands of the state is a negative aspect of anti-crisis measures in virtually every nation."

Oh, but this is my favorite part:

"In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state's role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated."

I lived to see an American president red-baited by the Kremlin! That, in itself, is utterly amazing, and proof positive that we have indeed slipped into an alternate universe, a Bizarro World where history runs backward and in reverse. Sounding more like Barry Goldwater than any Russian leader I ever heard of, Putin took aim at the Obama-commies:


"Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors, and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state."

Equipoise
8th February 09, 03:28 PM
But in Soviet Russia, Socialism warns you!

Cullion
8th February 09, 03:58 PM
He's right though.

Wounded Ronin
8th February 09, 03:59 PM
Yeah, just slip a sentence in that article about how Barak Obama has a religious revernce for government.

Wounded Ronin
8th February 09, 05:52 PM
BTW, I just wrote all my House and Senate reps telling them to pull for MOAR GOVERNMENT SPENDING in the emergency economic stimulus bill. So NYAH.

HappyOldGuy
8th February 09, 05:55 PM
He's right though.

Especially if your main concern is the Russian economy.

Quikfeet509
8th February 09, 09:33 PM
But GWB looked into Putin's soul and saw that he was good.


Therefore, Putin has our best interests in mind and is completely honest and trustworthy.

WarPhalange
8th February 09, 10:35 PM
I'll take Putin over GWB, but I haven't been following the latest bailout news, so I can't say what's right anymore. Every now and then I'll hear a really large sum on the radio and people talking about the future, i.e. nothing is being done now.

So, it might be that Putin's (and Cullion's) fears won't come true, because Congress will take so long to do anything that in reality, the whole disaster will be fixed by the time they smugly hand the Prez a bill to sign.

Zendetta
9th February 09, 02:39 PM
My sparring partner wrote in "Vladimir Putin" during the 2008 election.

Spade: The Real Snake
9th February 09, 02:41 PM
Russians get all the cool orders and medals.

Wounded Ronin
9th February 09, 07:49 PM
Tortochna!