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But for those on the left, leading the protests with flags emblazoned with the hammer and sickle, the intervention of the IMF has been the tipping point. The majority of Greeks not only see it as the harbinger of harsh economic reforms but the symbol of foreign occupation. For the abundance of conspiracy theorists on both the left and right, its involvement is part of a grander, but seemingly no less implausible, plan to subjugate Greece after draining the country of its resources.
Deep inside the august halls of Athens University, the renowned political commentator Paschos Mandravelis will deliver a message this week that until very recently was lost on most Greeks.
His speech will focus on a single fact: that the country in the centre of the storm of Europe's worst crisis since the creation of the common market, missed the biggest story ever – its own looming bankruptcy. "Everyone," he says, "starting with the Greek media, was in an incredible state of denial."
More than any other European nation, the Greeks think nothing of taking to the streets in noisy outbursts of protests. But more than that, in a culture of cutting corners, they also have a problem with being told what to do. It is an attitude that could have profound consequences for Papandreou's ability to enforce policies that include painful wage and pension cuts – and the course of the crisis.
Originally posted by DaBossMan
reply to post by TheCoffinman
You are right that all of the countries listed will fall if they do not change their ways. However, it will be the fault of a populace who keeps electing politicians who tell them what they want to hear as opposed to telling them the truth.
Truth is we need to phase out Social Security and Medicare. We need to scrap healthcare, we need to scale back military spendng (and not by a measly 10billion). We need to end all entitlements, cut the size of government in half. We need to scale back wages, benefits, and pensions for the remaining government workers. Anybody who tells you different is lying to you and baiting the snare which will be used to catch and enslave you.
ALL THAT ANYONE NEEDS TO KNOW IS THAT ANY ORGANIZATION, FAMILY, BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT ETC THAT CONSISTENTLY SPENDS MORE THAN IT EARNS WILL GO BANKRUPT, EVENTUALLY!
[edit on 9-5-2010 by DaBossMan]
But for those on the left, leading the protests with flags emblazoned with the hammer and sickle, the intervention of the IMF has been the tipping point.