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03/25/2004 Archived Entry: "German economy in bigger trouble than we thought"

IF YOU IMAGINED THE U.S. ECONOMY WAS IN PERIL, you simply don't know how the rest of the world's suffering. Germany has been looking even more precarious (for one thing, Germans aren't having babies so there's nobody coming along to support the fogies). Now Wolfesblog's German correspondent, Rick (aka Ulrich), sends news that doom is at hand: the state of Bavaria has announced it will no longer subsidize the purchase of lederhosen for its yodlers and oompah musicians.

When a government makes such drastic cuts, you know catastrophe must be looming. Thank heaven Al Gore gave the U.S. a few more years of breathing room back in the 90s when he reinvented American government. We had to suffer through the loss of our vital National Tea Tasting Board. But at least we've momentarily been spared the kind of pain Germany is enduring.

Thank heaven our remaining few federal agencies are still able to afford to perform vital national functions like making sure Hollywood tells us the right things about the Department of Homeland Security. And our municipalities are still healthy enough that our benevolent city leaders can concern themselves with whether our dogs are wearing seatbelts.

Posted by Claire @ 10:20 AM CST

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