Interesting post at DailyKos about how the Germans managed not to buy into the banker-inspired collapse of the rest of the world:
Germany's government helps the unemployed start businesses with start-up capital. Maybe we should consider giving something like this a try.
Der Gründungszuschuss roughly translates into "start-up grant." It is a program for the unemployed that gives a monthly amount of seed capital for those on unemployment. The grant is means-tested and is paid on top of unemployment, health and other benefits. For example, a married couple with children can get a grant up to just under $32,000! A single person who is unemployed and has no children can get up to just over $25,000. The benefits are paid out over a period of nine months. After that, there is an extension of benefits called the "building phase" that pays an additional $400 per month for six months.
The German government expects that 20 to 30 percent of these businesses will fail. No matter. As policy, they've decided that they'd rather have people with an entrepreneurial bent out doing something rather than sitting around.
Germany also has strong unions, and they don't let the parasite class dictate the rules.
Maybe we should try something like that.