The adjusted level of joblessness has now fallen to 2.92 million people, or 6.9 percent, the lowest for 20 years. The figures also show how Germany, Europes largest economy and one of the worlds leading export-driven economies, has fully recovered from the financial crisis of 2008, when almost 3.2 million people were registered as unemployed. Figures from the labor agency showed that fewer companies were still working with short-time workers, especially the automobile industry, which has been lifted by growth in the Chinese market and the expansion there of the luxury car market as the middle class expands. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/business/global/german-jobless-rate-declines.html ----------------------------- Remember, Germany had to absorb another "entire" country, East Germany, after the collapse of the USSR. They are also being counted on to bail out other European countries. Germany has almost no natural resources, yet, they are a leading exporter and have the worlds 5h largest economy. They live longer. Take more vacations. The middle class is buying "luxury" cars. They work fewer hours. Everyone is covered by health care. More people are educated. They are a democratic country. They have fast rail. They are are using renewable energy. They have the most strict laws in Europe for clean air and clean water. The rich and the middle class are much closer together. Government is involved with every aspect of business. Government, Universities and Business works together. It was only a couple of years before I was born the US was rebuilding Germany. Now, Republicans won't even let us rebuild this country. You don't see companies "fleeing" Germany because their corporate tax is too high. You don't see the rich taking their money and leaving because they don't like the tax rate. You don't see them slashing funding for education. GOP Plans for America: Slash education. End Social Security. End Medicare. No infrastructure improvements. End Romneycare. Tax cuts for billionaires. Subsidies for corporations. If the Republican Plan is to turn us into a third world country, it's working. On the news, it was mentioned that at the Conservative Women's Convention in Kansas last week, 60% said they didn't believe in evolution. I never met a German who didn't believe in evolution. What does that have to do with anything? It's part of science and education.