“Every developed country was subjected to more or less the same temptation, but no two countries responded in precisely the same way. The rest of Europe, in effect, used Germany’s credit rating to indulge its material desires. They borrowed as cheaply as Germans could to buy stuff they couldn’t afford. Given the chance to take something for nothing, the German people alone simply ignored the offer. “There was no credit boom in Germany,” says Asmussen. “Real-estate prices were completely flat. There was no borrowing for consumption. Because this behavior is rather alien to Germans. Germans save whenever possible. This is deeply in German genes. Perhaps a leftover of the collective memory of the Great Depression and the hyperinflation of the 1920s.” The German government was equally prudent because, he went on, “there is a consensus among the different parties about this: if you’re not adhering to fiscal responsibility, you have no chance in elections, because the people are that way.” —Michael Lewis, en Vanity Fair.
“Mr. Cheney maintains in this book that he hasn’t changed at all, that it’s the world that has changed since 9/11. He also says he told Mr. Bush, then governor, during discussions about his joining the ticket that “he needed to understand how deeply conservative I was: He said, ‘Dick, we know that.’ And I said, ‘No, I mean really conservative.’ ” —NYT, sobre las memorias de Cheney.