Greeks...God bless their pea pickin' hearts, are so caught up in being Zorba (as in the movie) that they have yet to come to grips with the reality of the workaday world. Yes, I know many hard working Greeks...most of those are right here in the United States, which incidentally is the reason they came. (Aside: I reside in the body of one who too often thinks of work as play and just can't get enough of it.) But when I left Greece in my teens, not as a Greek rather as an American citizen, son of missionary parents, I had plenty of time to observe the Greek culture with its mid-day naps, late night life and short workday. During that era, they even had laws governing the length of time that shops could be open to prevent competitors from getting ahead.
Now they seem to be embarking on an absolutely certain to fail political strategy of trying to force the EU to continue its subsidies of their previously ludicrous lifestyle. Greece is a wonderful place absent, like France, too many Greeks. No, not population density, but those who have grown fat at the hand of giveaway politicians and now demand that it continue. Their problem? Living beyond the Nation's economic means. That is to say that they have grown accustomed to having their cake and eating it too...at the hand of the EU but have not produced enough economically to repay the debt by which they have until recently, lived the good life.
They found that borrowing from the EU was relatively easy, and so did it in spades to support the populations' appetite for vacations to its magnificent island infrastructure and other spectacular places to relax and dine upon mutton, retsina wine and cheese. Is that bad? Absolutely not, but someone has to pay for it and when the Greek national borrowing limit was "reached," that is to say the EU recognized that the Greeks could not service the debt much less pay it back, a series of meetings from which Greeks initially resorted to cooking the books then after having been caught at it produced not only no results, as Greeks are wont to do, became agitated. Then when the Government finally agreed to do something and cut back in a effort to bring "drunken sailor" spending under control, riots broke out in Greek cities. Images of Merkel as a Hitler lookalike adorned numerous protests, cars burned and business windows smashed.
And of course the favorite leftist line emerged, "It's Bush's fault" tying their own "misfortunes" to the downturn in the US economy...a downturn caused by a combination of Democrat determination to "spread the wealth around in the US housing market" combined with overly-greedy bankers who made ridiculous loans at the behest of Democrats in Congress. What a bunch of B.S.!
Now Greeks are perched on the precipice of National suicide. Just how does electing a leftist get them a return to the "bad old days" of excessive spending? Do they actually think that like the Obama Treasury that they can print gazillions of Drachmas and thereby increase their economic well-being? They have yet to figure out that they, an insignificant nation on the scale of world politics and economics are incapable of accomplishing anything short of tidying up their own economic mess. They have already overspent and now do they actually believe that cutting ties with the EU and paddling their own economic boat they will improve their economic lot? They are not the United States and Barak Obama should not be their ideal of how to "spread the wealth around." After all, they already have national healthcare and they want a leftist who promises to take wealth away from their wealthiest to spread around? Suppose they did, how many days would that last?
Greeks have to do more than elect a Leftist...they have to recognize that unless they embark on individual economic freedom, by working and saving that they will never...repeat never have national economic freedom.
Oh, by the way, the US has a leftist spend thrift and "spreader around of wealth" as its President...who by-the-way, despite his disclaimer fancies himself to be America's Emperor, and what has it gotten the American Middle Class? Diminished wages, higher healthcare costs, less work and endangered National Security to mention a few; but of course those misfortunes would be Bush's fault.