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If Germany is so lacking in independence from the US, then its fair to presume that the governments of most of Europe are controlled by the US government too; as are all of the Echelon countries.
The US government is in turn controlled by US corporations and financial institutions.
Consequently an unelected wealthy power elite already likely control the actions of many, if not most of the leaders of the western world.
So much for the illusion of democracy.
I find the whole gamboling-to-teach-kids-lessons thing absurd.
Making casino gamblers pay casinos to pay dog tracks to pay the few track racer's winnings, if anyone wins those, is absurd too.
It's like saying to iTunes customers, well, we need to hit you with a surcharge because vinyl records are old and people don't want to buy them anymore.
Except with the change that most people buying songs at iTunes wouldn't be getting any song in any form, most of the time they paid for some.
This is a terrible way to teach children what it means to be smart, except by inverse examples.
New truths are only needed when the feeble no longer follows.
We will fight for the future, and our grandparents and parents past will be remembered.
For every action there's a reaction.