Good read! People, real people in Greece look at each other in disbelief. I am staring as well, almost deer-eyed as I read the words so aptly put.
"If our politicians borrow money, why should we the people be made to pay?" Says the man in addition to "I don't owe a penny."
The politician will quickly bark something like "I borrowed money for you! For the public, to make us all great!" or some other silliness. He would be wise to shut up.
It is true that Greek politicians gleefully joined the EU and Euro, using the freely gotten credit to further their own projects and dreams. Foreigners no more, EU citizens moved freely into Greece to buy property, build and make renovations. They came to open businesses, buy cars and dash off the islands whenever the burden of life wore them down.
Indeed, they are much like MEMA in Massachusetts. They took their annual budget allocation and an additional $15Million last year, the extra on behalf of the tornado victims. I believe the tornado victims in MA and Joplin, elsewhere and just about any FEMA-assisted project born out of misery. The politicians fatted their pockets, the municipal employees from across the state and country, came to 'volunteer', but collected salary premiums and overtime pay plus mileage, that would make your head swim, as though you too for an instant were a Greek in a market in Athens, wondering why you bother to bring fish to sell when nobody has any money to spend.
The white smoke you see from bank office buildings in Greece and from Greek banks around the European Union is not the announcement of the election of a new Pope, nor of good news. No, it is the fastidious attention to the detail of burning all the records, that they not be personally implicated when the people rightfully storm the premises to discover which or all of them should be arrested and charged, if only to save their lives from the clutches of the angry mob.
We'd do the same here, but we are more patient it may seem.
No, not really.