Socialist Greeks running out of other people’s money, “workers” take to the streets
On the eve of a pivotal austerity vote, Greek “workers” are taking to the streets in a national strike:
Police have fired tear gas in running battles with stone-throwing youths in Athens, where a 48-hour general strike is being held against a parliamentary vote on tough austerity measures.
Thousands of protesters have gathered outside parliament in the capital where public transport has ground to a halt.
PM George Papandreou has said that only his 28bn-euro (£25bn) austerity plan would get Greece back on its feet.
If the package is not approved, Greece could run out of money within weeks.
Without a new plan in place, the EU and IMF say they will withhold 12bn euros of loans which Greece needs to repay debts due in mid-July.
Yes, the problem with socialism is, well…
Meanwhile, those who created this mess insist it’s for the country’s own good:
Mr Papandreou has warned that failure to secure the new loans would mean that national coffers could be empty within days.
The new Finance Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, acknowledged that the cuts were “unfair”, but said they were absolutely necessary.
And yet, the people are taking to the streets, insisting that the government help them some more. As always, be wary of politicians insisting they create programs for the betterment of society, and we should be taking note of this here in the States. They just about always end up screwing you in the end.
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