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Posted by NR on :
"Secret Papers Reveal Truth Behind Soviet Collapse",1518,779277,00.html

I thought maybe some of the veterans here might be interested in reading this.
Posted by glassman on :
it really does come down to the basics:

At this time, shops in the Soviet Union had run out of eggs and sugar, and even vodka was in short supply. Conditions were so bad that, in September 1988, Chernyaev had to submit a written request to get a telephone connection in the apartment of his driver Nikolai Nikolayevich Maikov, so that the general secretary could reach him.

and it got worse....

we most cerrtainly did face the same issues when Bush did TARP. We had no private financing LEFT available for ANYBODY in the basic food supply chain, and all of them operate on revolving lines of credt - The retailers, the shippers, the packagers and the farmers. only one part of that chain has to fail but they were all in danger at the same time.

It's easy to claim it was not as bad it was after you take emergency action and lie
Posted by CashCowMoo on :
That was a good read

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