Milk poisoning scandals in China, rioting in London, country defaults in Greece and the list just seems to go on and on doesn’t it? On top of all of this the lead economic player [America] is no longer suffering only a bad “hangover” from a night out with the boys as in the past, however a full blown case of sclerosis of the liver from many years of over spending to the likes of which will surely lead them to India for a transplant because it’s cheaper and no one will loan them money any more.
As think of it this way, the top nations of the world are all fighting their own battles either internally as we see happening in the UK as well as in the former Soviet Union, to other outward battles as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and this list too keeps going on much as does the famed Energizer Bunny. So in all of this where is the Stalwart Rudder of the world today as it sure isn’t the players of old as only ones on global scene who seem to have their act together and speaking of a “stalwart nation” is Germany. As under Merkel’s watch they have kept their spending (somewhat) in check and while they do feel the pressures of their social programs financially, they still appear to be making ends meet.
In fact their biggest threat is they appear to depend too much on those (countries) who are failing thus run the risk of going down the drain with them too. However being in this damned if you do and damned if you don’t position, Merkel has kept her cool, tackling these hard problems head on and without emotion. Also keep in mind this is all after the reunification of her country only a little over two decades ago.
Yet one has to find interesting the fact that you don’t see the press labeling her as “The Iron Maiden” as they did Margret Thatcher when she ruled the commonwealth with an iron grip. Instead her quiet clam and steely coldness seem to add to her rote ability to deliver the goods rather than flaunt “charisma” and provide lip service to the masses (as seems to be the case here in the States).
Could it be that we find the world’s new rudder, set in the world’s fourth largest economy neatly tucked away in the Black Forest. While it might be too early to call this one, the Hand writing appears to be forming on the wall…