My nomination for word of the year. The other would be “unexpectedly”.
The measures are draconian. The government plans to shed nearly 25,000 public-sector jobs, slash welfare spending and reduce the minimum wage. Ministers argue that such radical measures are needed to tame Ireland’s gargantuan budget deficit, which this year stands at 32% of GDP—the largest in Europe—and to reasssure investors who have stampeded out of Irish government debt.
It’s hard to imagine Irish wit cutting much ice with Frau Angela. Assuming a zero rate of interest and no population growth, every man, woman, child and baby in Ireland would have to pay back $250 a year for 2,000 years to clear the debt.
Meanwhile in the USA…
Keeping a sense of humor…
Lt. Frank Drebin: What’s Nordberg doing in Detroit?
Lt. Frank Drebin: So, send him some plane fare and a new pair of pants.