Afternoon Links 2-25
The Euro’s final battleground: Spain (Fidler, WSJ) The folks at Variant Perception warned the world about the impending disaster in Spain last August. Here’s a copy of their report, which they’ve graciously allowed me to share. (Though they’re famous for that one, they do write about more than Spain.) Anyway, Spain’s economic problems are prompting mainstream discussion that the euro could actually collapse. Greece is small enough that it can be rescued by Germany and France. Spain not so much.
What Greece tells us about Europe (Defterios, CNN) “It is not often discussed, but many [striking] government workers enjoy preferential tax rates, can retire at the age of 54 (in some cases earlier) and enjoy 14 months of pay for 12 months worked.”
Detroit Mayor emphasizes need to shrink city (MacDonald, Detroit News) Detroit is at the forefront of dealing with economic decline. The U.S. economy is overgrown and collapsing under its own weight. More to the point, we don’t have the resources to support all of our commitments. Some mode of shrinkage is necessary. Doing it proactively, as Mayor Bing seeks to do in Detroit, is better than the alternative….
Idol winners: not just fame but big bucks (Wyatt, NYT) And you don’t have to win Idol to cash in….you just need to finish near the top.
Henderson back at GM, for $3,000 an hour (Taylor, Fortune)
Stand up while you read this (Judson, Opinionator) “Your chair is your enemy.”