PDA

View Full Version : Int'l Issues Putin says U.S. is "parasite" on global economy


FishingRod
08-02-2011, 11:51 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/putin-says-u-parasite-global-economy-191447751.html

SELIGER, Russia (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States Monday of living beyond its means "like a parasite" on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets.
"They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy," Putin told the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi while touring its lakeside summer camp some five hours drive north of Moscow.
"They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar," Putin said at the open-air meeting with admiring young Russians in what looked like early campaigning before parliamentary and presidential polls.
US President Barack Obama earlier announced a last-ditch deal to cut about $2.4 trillion from the U.S. deficit over a decade, avoid a crushing debt default and stave off the risk that the nation's AAA credit rating would be downgraded.
The deal initially soothed anxieties and led Russian stocks to jump to three-month highs, but jitters remained over the possibility of a credit downgrade.
"Thank god," Putin said, "that they had enough common sense and responsibility to make a balanced decision."
But Putin, who has often criticized the United States' foreign exchange policy, noted that Russia holds a large amount of U.S. bonds and treasuries.
"If over there (in America) there is a systemic malfunction,
this will affect everyone," Putin told the young Russians.
"Countries like Russia and China hold a significant part of their reserves in American securities ... There should be other reserve currencies."
U.S.-Russian ties soured during Putin's 2000-2008 presidency but have warmed significantly since his protégé and successor President Dmitry Medvedev responded to Obama's stated desire for a "reset" in bilateral relations.
EARLY CAMPAIGNING?
Casually dressed in khaki trousers and a striped white shirt, Putin flew by helicopter to the tented camp as part of a string of appearances that are being closely watched in the run-up to the elections.
He did not say whether he plans a return to the Kremlin or will stand aside for Medvedev, his partner in Russia's leadership tandem, to run for a second term.
But young people crowding round Putin, caught up in the campaigning spirit created by huge portraits of Putin hung from trees, were not shy about saying who they wanted as president.
"Russia's next president will be small, bald and look like Putin," 17-year-old Ilya Mzokov joked with reporters. Asked why Medvedev was not paying a visit to the summer camp, he said: "Only serious people come here."
Youngsters chanted Putin's name and applauded his remarks as he strolled round the camp, where US-style business seminars, extreme sports and political mudslinging were among the topics on offer.
Putin, whose macho image appeals to many Russians, briefly swung himself up the first half of a climbing wall, filmed by a gaggle of state television cameras.
Nashi, which means "Our People," was created by the Kremlin to counter popular dissent after youth activism helped topple a pro-Moscow government in Ukraine's 2005 Orange revolution.
The group has worked to spread a personality cult around Putin and regularly campaigns against Kremlin critics.
Opinion polls show Putin, still widely viewed as the country's paramount leader, retains near 70 percent approval.
But his United Russia party is trying to reverse a slide in popularity before December parliamentary polls, hoping to use a strong showing there to help Putin in the March 2012 presidential vote.
(Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; editing by Tim Pearce)

vailpass
08-02-2011, 12:02 PM
I knew we should have nuked those commies when we had the chance.

fan4ever
08-02-2011, 12:08 PM
We'll send Barack over there to kneel to him (even though he's not a king) and everyone will like us again.

Iowanian
08-02-2011, 12:14 PM
Someone should remind Putin that their entire economy crumbled, their country broke up into smaller pieces and the world spent several years working around their messes.


In short, eat some chew to fix your own tapeworm before you lip off about our lice.

FishingRod
08-02-2011, 12:20 PM
Putin does worry me from time to time. He is a little batshit.

loochy
08-02-2011, 12:36 PM
He's right though.

Warrior5
08-02-2011, 12:59 PM
Piss on Putin...

Stewie
08-02-2011, 01:01 PM
The private sector creates wealth. Most if not all centralized governments are parasites on production. It is the physical and mental production of the private sector that creates wealth for a society. Centralized powers as consumers of wealth and resources contribute very little to the productive capacity of their own economy. In other words, they are poor wealth creators. Some would call them parasites to wealth creation.

vailpass
08-02-2011, 01:04 PM
Piss on Putin...

Yes. But he's a tough SOB, need a POTUS that can handle him.

Pants
08-02-2011, 01:04 PM
He's right though.

His country is literally being run by the mob, so I don't think he should be throwing stones seeing as his house is made out of eggshells.

Ace Gunner
08-02-2011, 01:24 PM
He's right though.

Yes he is

Graystoke
08-02-2011, 01:26 PM
They do have hot Ukraine Hookers though.

Garcia Bronco
08-02-2011, 03:06 PM
He's a murdering gangster thief.

KILLER_CLOWN
08-02-2011, 03:20 PM
He's a tough SOB negotiator, where have i heard that before? Oh right Carl could straighten him out.

Cannibal
08-02-2011, 05:32 PM
We'll send Barack over there to kneel to him (even though he's not a king) and everyone will like us again.

Maybe he can look into his eyes and see his soul?

Backwards Masking
08-02-2011, 07:28 PM
In short, eat some chew to fix your own tapeworm before you lip off about our lice.

That's awesome if you came up with that, even still if you didn't.

BigChiefFan
08-02-2011, 08:11 PM
Where was all this Putin hatred when he and Bushie were elbows and asses?

I don't like the man, but we never heard a peep, until he speaks some truth on the matter. Truths hurts.

listopencil
08-03-2011, 11:22 AM
"Thank god," Putin said, "that they had enough common sense and responsibility to make a balanced decision."

Are you allowed to thank God in Russia now?

listopencil
08-03-2011, 11:27 AM
He's right though.

He makes a few valid points occasionally. But coming from a nation with a 50+ year history of human rights violations that rival Nazi Germany, he can go fist fuck himself to death for all I care.

RINGLEADER
08-03-2011, 11:49 AM
Putin does worry me from time to time. He is a little batshit.

Batshit doesn't begin to describe the idiocy of his statement. The world economy needs a debtor nation to fuel demand and, for better or worse, we're that debtor nation. Without the US "parasite" consuming crap from other countries the world economy would collapse pretty quickly.

RINGLEADER
08-03-2011, 11:49 AM
He makes a few valid points occasionally. But coming from a nation with a 50+ year history of human rights violations that rival Nazi Germany, he can go fist **** himself to death for all I care.

Oh, and this too...

Calcountry
08-03-2011, 03:36 PM
Where was all this Putin hatred when he and Bushie were elbows and asses?

I don't like the man, but we never heard a peep, until he speaks some truth on the matter. Truths hurts.No shit, could somebody PLEASE tell Dale Gribble that Nancy is fu@@ing John Redcorn.

Brock
08-03-2011, 04:01 PM
Where was all this Putin hatred when he and Bushie were elbows and asses?

I don't like the man, but we never heard a peep, until he speaks some truth on the matter. Truths hurts.

Coming from the leader of a country whose primary product and dietary supplement is vodka, it's meaningless and hypocritical.

BigChiefFan
08-03-2011, 04:08 PM
Coming from the leader of a country whose primary product and dietary supplement is vodka, it's meaningless and hypocritical.

Your comment sounds good on paper, but it's hardly true. We import more from Russian than we export to them. Guess what one of the big commodities is that we import from them is? OIL.

Brock
08-03-2011, 06:51 PM
Your comment sounds good on paper, but it's hardly true. We import more from Russian than we export to them. Guess what one of the big commodities is that we import from them is? OIL.

So what? What finished goods does ANYBODY buy from Russia?

Radar Chief
08-03-2011, 07:43 PM
So what? What finished goods does ANYBODY buy from Russia?

Kalashnikovs seem to sell pretty good.

BigChiefFan
08-03-2011, 10:06 PM
So what? What finished goods does ANYBODY buy from Russia?

So what? The "so what" is what you said is completely false. I could care less, but don't bark up this tree, when you are the one that makes the mistake.