Friday, December 03, 2010

Spain's socialists

Democrats and the Obama administration have regularly been accused of promoting socialism over the past two years, but check out what the avowed socialists in Spain are proposing in response to the country's economic crisis:
The moves include selling off nearly third of its national lottery, partially privatizing airports, cutting a jobless benefit and trimming taxes for small companies.
How many Democrats would support such an agenda? Heck, how many Republicans?

Update: Spain's government looks to be taking a page out of the Reagan playbook:
Spain placed striking air traffic controllers under military authority Saturday in an unprecedented emergency order and threatened jail terms for those who refuse to go back to work in a bid to get the country's air space back to normal.

...In announcing the approval of a "state of alarm" after an emergency Cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba accused air traffic controllers of "blackmailing all of our citizens."
The story goes on to reveal that the air traffic controllers earn an average yearly salary of €350,000 ($463,600).

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