Who’s holding the big safety net?

Analyzing this weekend’s German elections, this statement struck me as interesting.

As we see it, things don’t look particularly good for Germany or German-American relations. The key word at this point is: Gridlock. Expect to see a lot of it in Germany’s future.

From what little I know of the German elections, I agree with that. Of course, that’s not what Germany needs right now, but there it is. Instead of economic reform, Germans seemingly voted for more coddling from the state instead of making hard choices. It’s easier to use the welfare state to spend into economic disarray than to reshape society for a better future.

It’s probably not good for them, but seeing how well one-party control affected our government’s fiscal responsibility and reform, I envy German gridlock. Maybe in 2006 we can duplicate the German election results.

(Hat tip.)