Is anyone else sick of Greece, Greeks and their attitude right now?
After years of overspending, cooking the books and tax evasion, Greece’s party is coming to an end. Trouble is, they got rather accustomed to the party lifestyle and paying for it all on a credit card.
Now, it’s all caught up with them and the monthly credit card statement has arrived, only to their shock, instead owing a few grand, they owe in excess of €300B.
Like the rest of us who have overindulged at one point in our life, it’s time to figure out how to pay off the credit card.
To me, Greece is acting like a petulant child that doesn’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions. While I don’t necessarily agree with how the “troika” are handling the situation, I do agree that Greece needs to do whatever is necessary to get that debt paid.
Greeks are naturally upset that they’re facing a long period of austerity ahead of them and I don’t blame them: that’s not going to be a lot of fun, but it is necessary and right. Desperate times call for desperate measures and tightening the nation’s belt buckle is a fundamental step in that process.
I think that Germans are right to be frustrated with Greece and their attitude: after World War Two, they accepted their wrongs and committed to paying those affected by the war what was due to rebuild. They knuckled down, rebuilt their own nation and paid their internationally-agreed reparations and have now emerged as an economic machine on the other side of it. So for Greece to even moot the idea that Germany still owes them hundreds of billions of euros for damages done during World War Two is sickening.
Germany has paid their debts: now it’s time for Greece to do the same.