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Putin Speaks at Davos Article
Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 28, 2009 | Vladimir Putin

Posted on 02/18/2009 4:27:33 PM PST by neverdem

The following text is a transcript of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Good afternoon, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

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Excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state's omnipotence is another possible mistake.

True, the state's increased role in times of crisis is a natural reaction to market setbacks. Instead of streamlining market mechanisms, some are tempted to expand state economic intervention to the greatest possible extent.

The concentration of surplus assets in the hands of the state is a negative aspect of anti-crisis measures in virtually every nation.

In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state's role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.

Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.

And one more point: anti-crisis measures should not escalate into financial populism and a refusal to implement responsible macroeconomic policies. The unjustified swelling of the budgetary deficit and the accumulation of public debts are just as destructive as adventurous stock-jobbing.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: davos; putin; socialism; vladimirputin
Some honest comments from a former commie, except the BS about Georgia.
1 posted on 02/18/2009 4:27:34 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Slam right into that worthless Commie Obama's face.

Putin gave the Russians a 7% flat tax.

I hate to say it, but Putin could probably do a better job of running the country than the cretin we got.

2 posted on 02/18/2009 4:32:33 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: neverdem
Roll up your sleeves Vlad.


3 posted on 02/18/2009 4:32:38 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: neverdem

Imagine its 25 years ago. Someone tells you the leader of Russia, former KGB, would give that speech. And that the USA would have a marxist kenyan leader.

Strange times.


4 posted on 02/18/2009 4:45:46 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: neverdem

I never thought I would live to see the day that the head of the KGB would be warning the U.S. about the dangers of socialism and populism. I feel like Charleston Heston in the last scene of the Planet of the Apes, “It’s a mad house, a mad house.”


5 posted on 02/18/2009 5:04:09 PM PST by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: neverdem

>> Transcript: “There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.”

How things have changed in the last 25 years. This is something I could imagine Reagan saying, but unfortunately not #44.


6 posted on 02/18/2009 5:12:51 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: NavVet

WEll, like many things, Communism sounds like a good idea before you actually do it.

Putin and his ilk know the real result of Communism and how it destroyed the country. I know people rightly think the KGB were fascist bastards, but I wonder how many of them did it so they had a steady paycheck.


7 posted on 02/18/2009 5:30:31 PM PST by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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To: DesertRhino

I swear I didn’t read your post prior to adding my #6

He’s probably courting investments.


8 posted on 02/18/2009 5:58:34 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: neverdem

Putin warns US to eschew socialism
The American Thinker | February 18, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
Posted on 02/18/2009 12:09:57 PM PST by Scanian
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2188538/posts


9 posted on 02/18/2009 6:08:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Hat tips to the American Thinker Blog which linked Pat Dollard's Blog that linked the source.

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10 posted on 02/18/2009 6:35:55 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Still, Putin should not speak so soon. He has done his fair share of nationalizing things in Russia, with the Russian government becoming more socialist again. But, for him to be sounding this warning says something...


11 posted on 02/18/2009 6:37:27 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: neverdem

If he told me the sky was blue, I would take a second look.


12 posted on 02/18/2009 6:48:07 PM PST by durasell
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping.


13 posted on 02/18/2009 6:58:01 PM PST by GOPJ (The closer global warming is exposed as hoax, the more hysterical it's proponents become...)
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To: neverdem
Some honest comments from a former commie, except the BS about Georgia.

Time will tell if someone else wrote his speech. Sure did not sound like he is very pleased with Bama's stimulus package.

I can't wait to see if he and Hillary kiss and make-up.

14 posted on 02/18/2009 6:59:55 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts
Time will tell if someone else wrote his speech.

That's true enough, but since he gave it in an international forum, and it's carried by the Wall Street Journal without any corrections or retractions, I figure he at least signed off on it.

15 posted on 02/18/2009 8:09:16 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


16 posted on 02/18/2009 8:25:06 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

Wow, bumping this up. Amazing, throw it into the faces of the US head Stalinist and his minions.


17 posted on 02/18/2009 9:49:00 PM PST by Weirdad (A Free Republic, not a "democracy" (mob rule))
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To: neverdem
That's true enough, but since he gave it in an international forum, and it's carried by the Wall Street Journal without any corrections or retractions, I figure he at least signed off on it.

Russia is having some hard times right now. And Putin I think was speaking very cautiously at the same time pointing a finger without naming names. All things considered, Putin did not govern Russia like the words of his speech and I think he knows that. IMO Putin reveals who the nations of this world have 'fed' off and the real fear is 'free' market capitalism may never again flow out of the US.

18 posted on 02/19/2009 4:33:36 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: neverdem

Below is the link to the WSJ article where Putin warns us and the world not to do what Zer0 and his suicidal rat pack are doing to America and the world.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123317069332125243.html


19 posted on 02/19/2009 8:07:04 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Zer0's friends are criminals, foriegn/domestic terrorists, perverts, sexual deviates or tax cheats!)
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To: Just mythoughts
All things considered, Putin did not govern Russia like the words of his speech

Christian education in schools
Falt income tax rate

Say what you will about the man but Russia is kind of on the right track. A lot closer to it than we are.

20 posted on 02/19/2009 9:04:19 AM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Below is the link to the WSJ article where Putin warns us and the world not to do what Zer0 and his suicidal rat pack are doing to America and the world.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123317069332125243.html

That's the URL that my excerpt still links. I don't follow. The admin mod altered the title after removing my subtitle, but it's still the same URL, isn't it?

21 posted on 02/19/2009 10:27:08 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Centurion2000
Christian education in schools Falt income tax rate Say what you will about the man but Russia is kind of on the right track. A lot closer to it than we are.

Right, his Georgia policy is the farthest thing from what I find to be 'Christian'. Ever hear of wolves in sheep clothing. Who is the largest contributor to the monetary fund and anything else this globe produces. And who was it fattening their pockets using Saddam's OIL for rotten food UNITED NATIONS sanctioned fund. And who provided nuclear to Iran.

22 posted on 02/19/2009 10:56:39 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts
Looking at it from Russia's perspective, they are advancing their long term strategic interests.

Not agreeing or defending what they do, but they are following THEIR agenda, not ours. Bear that in mind.

As far as Georgia? No one is a white knight in that conflict.

23 posted on 02/19/2009 11:06:33 AM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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