Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Greeks Want Free Money

"The New York Times" presents (1) a summary of the key issues in the Greek crisis and (2) an assessment of the choices for Europe.

For the past 5 years, the political leaders of the creditor nations avoided asking their citizens to approve giving their money (in the form of bailouts) to the Greeks. Nonetheless, the governments of the creditor nations gave billions of euros to Greece.

According to a report by "The Economist", in a referendum on Sunday (July 5), the Greeks overwhelmingly declared that they (1) want more money from the taxpayers in the creditor nations (of which most are located in northern Europe) but (2) refuse to reform the economic and political system in Greece. The synonym for "reform" is "austerity". In the above photograph are thousands of Greeks joyously demanding this free money from the rest of Europe.

Now is the time for the citizens of Germany, Finland, and other creditor nations to resolutely express their opinion of being forced to give money to the Greeks. If you are a citizen of these countries, you must immediately contact (via e-mail, phone, personal visit, etc.) the office of the prime minister and the offices of the members of parliament (MPs). You must firmly tell your prime minister and your MPs to cease contributing any money to any bailout for Greece.

If you remain silent, you will allow the Greeks to frame the discussion in the media. Your silence will only facilitate forcibly transferring even more of your money to the Greeks. You must vociferously oppose any more money for Greece and, hence, give the necessarily political support to all politicians with the power to expel Greece from the Eurozone.

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