Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Bundesdance

Just one reason German elections are so much cooler than American elections... The Bundesdance which I found a link to on this blog.

On a less funny note, how many Americans know or even care that Germany is about to hold a major election. Not too many I'm guessing. That's how 'Superpowers' stop becoming 'Superpowers.' But that's a whole other post.


Eileen said...

Is that like the Safety Dance?

Miranda said...

What's going on in Germany right now is a little disturbing. The Party of Democratic Socialism
The Labour and Social Justice party joined together and became
the third most popular political party almost overnight.

A lot of other realignments are going on, and I think it's unlikely that Schroeder's party will see much success in the future.

Germany can't really afford to continue to be the sort of welfare state that it is, but no one likes to have comforts they're used to taken away, so Schroeder's in a pretty bad position.

I don't know, though, if any of the parties will be able to find a solution and I suspect that whoever wins the election this time around won't be popular for long.

Er. At any rate. You're probably right. I tend not to pay much attention to German politics. A. Because news about them isn't
covered much by the major networks and B. Because I have a very hard keeping up with all the political parties, especially when they separate and combine.

Thanks for the reminder. :)

Laura said...

I admit, I try to pay attention, but it's so hard to keep track of everything abroad and still keep one eye on my own government. ;-)

Josh said...

I pay a lot more attention to the news since I stopped working at the newspaper—but only because now I get home in time to watch Jon Stewart.

Jason said...

Thanks to my in-laws I'm more tuned in than most to Euro goings-on, but yeah, it's hard to keep track when there's so many parties that are serious players. I wish the US would be the same. Maybe then government would have a harder time screwing things up.

The Zombieslayer said...

On a less funny note, how many Americans know or even care that Germany is about to hold a major election.

They're holding an election? Geez, I don't even know who's leading their country anymore. Is it still Shroeder?

Miranda said...

"Is it still Shroeder?"

In theory, yes ;) but he can't get anything past his government.

PINKSandROSES said...

hey, america is do you know greorge w. isn't holding raves in the white house?

Shawn said...

Eileen - It's much like that only it's German instead of Canadian, so it's done with better beer. If anyone argues that Labatts is good beer I'll have to cyber slap them...

Laura - That's okay...U.S. politics can be a full time job.

JWimmtastic - Ah yes...funny how working at a paper can suck the joy out of the news. Not that there's much joy it to start with. Come to think of it, working at a paper can suck the joy out of everything.

Jason - True dat.

ZS - I'll still respect you in the morning.

Miranda - Wise as usual...which is mostly much better than being wise-ass as usual... You're right about Shroeder, but it's really our fault. We set up their government to be a nightmare after the war. We were scared of them having a strong central government.

Pink - I'm pretty sure that's not happening, although the Bush girls would love it. No, I think Dubya does all his drugs right before major decisions...