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Pivotals: SIGNS OF THE TIMES

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“Italian new car sales plunged in November…Decline of 20.1% Y/Y.”

– Dow Jones, December 4

“The European debt crisis has given way to a new wave of corruption as some of the most hard-hit countries have tumbled in an annual graft-ranking study.”

– Bloomberg, December 5

This is from a watchdog group called Transparency International. Greece fell to 94th place from 80th, ranking worse than Colombia and Liberia. Greece’s “Golden Age of Democracy” was founded not so much on intellectual inspiration, but more upon Athens sitting on one of the richest silver camps in history. Athenians could afford democracy, Spartans could not. The problem recently is that Greece, like any other country, cannot afford interventionist government.

“German industrial production unexpectedly dropped in October.”

– Bloomberg, December 7

The number was down 2.6% from September, which was down 1.3% from August.

“U.K. Manufacturing production fell more than economists forecast in October. Food and alcohol slumped.”

– Bloomberg, December 7

Progress on this great reformation is being made. The legislature in Michigan passed a “Right to Work” bill. This brings the count to 24 states where people can work without being forced to join a union. They can work without being forced to contribute their money to union leaders with an agenda they may find offensive.

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