It is only natural that the Germans should hate their conquerors, the Americans. It is a secret, repressed yet passionate sentiment that I find every time I speak to a German or a Hungarian. Der Spiegel has an article that gives expression to this feeling: It describes America's current problems in the typical fact-filled, apparently objective way, yet one can intuit the underlying pleasure derived from America's misfortune. I am not criticizing, I said it is only human and natural. That's the way we are all made. Thomas Schulz writes:
In fact, the United States, in the wake of a real estate, financial economic and now debt crisis, which it still hasn't overcome, is threatened by a social Ice Age more severe than anything the country has seen since the Great Depression.
Because they lacked savings, Americans began borrowing money to cover all of their other expenses, including education, healthcare and consumption. American consumer debt now totals about $13.5 trillion.What Schulz lets unsaid is the comparison with the prosperity of the sober, austere, hardworking Germany of 2010. Yet "Rejoice not when thine adversary falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth" (Proverbs 24:17–18).
Many people threaten to suffocate under the burden of their debt. Some 61 percent of Americans have no financial reserves and are living from paycheck to paycheck. As little as a single hospital bill can spell potential financial ruin.