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Filthy jobless people!

by DoDo Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 06:44:02 AM EST

German politics sometimes turn into soap opera.

Last Tuesday, the boss of the German Social Democrats (SPD), Kurt Beck, visited the Christmas market in Wiesbaden (capital of Hessen state) for a photo op. As he was there, Henrico F., a jobless man and member of the Left Party, started to shout abuse at him, and "thanked" him for Harz IV (a 'reform' that cut benefits for many). Which Beck, not a member of the left wing of his party, countered thus:

Sie sehen nicht so aus, als ob sie in ihrem Leben schon viel gearbeitet haben. Wenn Sie sich waschen und rasieren, haben Sie in drei Wochen einen Job.You don't look like you have worked much in your life. If you wash and shave yourself, you'll get a job in three weeks.

Now the fun part is that this wasn't the end of the story. For Henrico F. replied:

Ich wasche und rasiere mich und komme dann bei Ihnen in der Staatskanzlei vorbei.I will wash and shave myself and will cruise up at your state office.

And so he did:


Beck was enough of a media politician to know how to turn this for his own benefit: he promised publicly to seek a job for the man.

The reality behind this soap opera is more than four million jobless people in Germany, many of them desperate, many of them jobless due to restructurings directly or indirectly effected by government policies -- and facing widespread prejudice that "unemployed people are just lazy". So widespread that even supposedly leftist politicians share it.



In other news from Germany: a notorious everything-phobe from Saxony announced he leaves his party. Quips member of parliament Henry Nitzsche aired and his party bosses for long tried to sweep under the carpet:

Deutschland dürfe nie wieder von Multi-Kulti-Schwuchteln in Berlin regiert werden!Germany should never again be governed by multi-culture faggots from Berlin!
[referring to the previous Red-Green government and Berlin's gay SPD major]
Patriotismus ist gebraucht, um endlich vom Schuldkult runterzukommenPatriotism is needed to get out of the cult of guilt at last
[referring to the discussion of the Holocaust in Germany]
Eher wird einem Moslem die Hand abfaulen, als daß er bei der Christlich-Demokratischen Union sein Kreuz auf den Wahlzettel macht.A Muslim will let his hand rot off before he draws a cross on his election ballot for the CDU.
Arbeit, Familie, Vaterland!Work, Family, Fatherland!
[his 2005 election slogan; a year earlier the neonazi NPD party's slogan, originally the Vichy regime's slogan]

Why do the worst conservative politicians always look just like we imagine them?

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Third scary-German-politicians news: Ronald Schill, who first made a name by being a tough law-and-order judge ("Richter Gnadenlos" = judge merciless) in Hamburg, then founded a hard-right party, then got into the Hamburg city government, then went under in corruption scandals, then became a fugitive from justice (because of a case of forced psycho-pharmaca drugging of juveniles), was found living in Rio de Janiero. And lives there with the ex-wife of german singer Udo Jürgens.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 06:53:40 AM EST
Good diary, DoDo, thanks.  What I don't see is what the people who vote for these characters see.

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 06:56:03 AM EST
Duh, probably multi-culture faggots who screwed up everything for 7 years?  Not that voting for CDU would change anything, since they screwed up everything in the 16 years before that...

Btw, what's wrong with "work, family, fatherland"?  That could be the words of a politician anywhere on the world, but not in Germany.  Because we do have a cult of guilt.

(And for reasons too numerous to enumerate, I really don't have the slightest idea who to vote for.)

by ustenzel on Sun Dec 17th, 2006 at 05:58:37 AM EST
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I don't like such slogans anywhere in the world, be them in Vichy France, Germany or elsewhere. Even if they use "Heimat" instead of "Vaterland", as was suggested by CDU colleagues to that guy BTW.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 17th, 2006 at 07:34:08 AM EST
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In other words, I see most leftist Germans' turning off of nationalism as a positive development, and the swiping from right and centre about Schuldkult as hypocritical.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 17th, 2006 at 07:38:03 AM EST
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A Muslim will let his hand rot off before he draws a cross on his election ballot for the Christian-Democratic Union.

Evil twin: A Christian will let his hand rot off before he draws a cross on his election ballot for the Muslim-Democratic Union.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 07:02:20 AM EST
Before he draws a crescent moon, you mean.
by Trond Ove on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 07:50:35 AM EST
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Thanks DoDo, great diary!

"Ignoring moralities is always undesirable, but doing so systematically is really worrisome." Mohammed Khatami
by eternalcityblues (parvati_roma aaaat libero.it) on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 07:11:47 AM EST
Beck only promised to help him find a job? To be consistent, he should have given him one!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 08:19:45 AM EST
He should have given him his.

It's not like he's doing anything interesting with it.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 08:28:31 AM EST
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You should also say that Henrico was drunk when he angrily shouted at Beck and that being a punk he was not at all offended by the response he got, quite to the contrary, he thought about what had just happened, and after a minute, followed Beck and told him: Ok, I gonna get in shape and you invite me to your office in the state chancellory and get me a job in three weeks time. Beck agreed to that, the next day Henrico got in shape for a job interview and will now visit Beck in his office on the 4th of January. Let's see what Beck has to offer.

"The USA appears destined by fate to plague America with misery in the name of liberty." Simon Bolivar, Caracas, 1819
by Ritter on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 10:51:18 AM EST
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Der Spiegel reports this evening that Beck has invited Henrico to come to his office in the state chancellory next week and to discuss with him several job offers from construction companies in Rhineland - Palatine. Beck also pointed out that he will use this meeting with Henrico to try to give him a moral boost, because he is well aware of the fact that it won't be easy to start in a new job after six years of unemployment. Henrico is a certified construction worker.

"The USA appears destined by fate to plague America with misery in the name of liberty." Simon Bolivar, Caracas, 1819
by Ritter on Fri Dec 15th, 2006 at 11:51:17 AM EST
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Reuters: Jobless German spurns politician's work offers (Dec 19, 2006)
An unemployed mason famously told to "get a haircut" by the head of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) has turned down a personal invitation to receive job offers, Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Many leftists accused Beck of suggesting a simple haircut would help 4 million jobless people find work.

But for those on the other side of what became a national debate, Frank, 37, came to embody the work-shy who abuse Germany's welfare state.

Frank got a haircut, shaved his straggly beard and also removed two nose rings. But he turned down Beck's personal invitation to meet him at his office in Mainz, where Beck had lined up eight job offers with local companies.



Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 20th, 2006 at 10:13:44 AM EST
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I saw him at a 'press conference' yesterday; he had a 3-day bart and looked very depressed.

The best article I could find on the state of affairs is in the Berliner Morgenpost. Henrico Frank doesn't speak to anyone, he got a 'press speaker' who does everything in his stead. That woman is a locally known advocate specialising in jobless people, and probabnly instrumentalises the case for her own good. At any rate, she said Henrico F was unfit for all the jobs because they invoved heavy lifting, and he has a doctor-attested spine problem. Then again, back when Henrico Frank was still speaking for himself, he told he is desperate for any job.

Whatever is the truth, the media is eating him alive. And if he won't accept any jobs, he will lose even the small money he gets with Harz IV.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Dec 20th, 2006 at 03:22:11 PM EST
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