September 1, 2015

Quote of the Day

Italy is far more sophisticated and clever, that is, than the hot-headed Greeks. Syriza is a party of naifs who made the mistake of attacking Germany and Brussels head-on. Italy is savvier than that: it knows how to say "yes" and look busy while doing little or nothing. Italy has a long history of using that strategy. The Goths conquered Rome and did a lot of damage--but they didn't change Italy much. German emperors strutted through the halls of Italy's palaces and issued decrees to both princes and popes--and Italy kept on being Italian all the same. -- The American Interest
Hat-tip: Insty Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at September 1, 2015 1:40 PM

Fascinating. Apparently, part of America's problem is that our bureaucrats have a little too much German in them. They aren't so much incompetent as they are too efficient.

Posted by: johngalt at September 1, 2015 3:02 PM

I think it was Friedman who said something like 'thank god government is as inefficient as it is, or we'd all be slaves.'

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 1, 2015 11:44 PM

I'm willing to admit I could live with less efficient government bureaucrats.

Posted by: johngalt at September 2, 2015 3:27 PM | What do you think? [3]