If Italians can’t go on like this, why do we think we can?
In the USA, our problem is with a block of right-wingers holding the Republican Party hostage.
In Italy, it’s a different situation, but the commonality is swallowing a poison pill. In the USA, it is 17 million underwater homeowners who have to be flushed from the residents.
“Italy’s Berlusconi offers to resign amid mounting debt crisis
By Anthony Faiola, Updated: Tuesday, November 8, 2:11 PM
ROME — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi offered Tuesday to resign after parliament passes a key economic reform bill.
The embattled 75-year old media tycoon made the offer to Italy’s president as the country teetered on the brink of a full-blown debt crisis. Earlier Tuesday, Berlusconi’s political support appeared to be crumbling, ratcheting up pressure on him to quickly resign.
In a highly anticipated parliamentary showdown, Berlusconi won a budget vote on Tuesday but only after the opposition abstained. The result showed that political defections among his own supporters had left him roughly eight votes short of a majority in parliament, leaving him vulnerable to a no-confidence vote that could be forced on him by the opposition as soon as Wednesday.
“I ask the premier to finally accept the reality of the situation and offer his resignation,” Pier Luigi Bersani, head of the opposition Democratic Party, said after the vote. “If he doesn’t, we will take the necessary measures. We cannot go on like this.””