The Unbearable Banishment: Hey Greece! Get your shit together!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hey Greece! Get your shit together!

Dear Greeks:

None of you pay taxes. Under some very flaky circumstances, you are able to retire as early as age 54. You're country is flat broke and dragging everybody down, but you're rioting in the streets and setting fire to banks because of the austere measures that need to be implemented.

Wake up. Get a backbone, you bunch of babies.

The Euro was a terrible idea. I have no idea what rational was used to persuaded an economic powerhouse like Germany to marry the Deutsche Mark to a bunch of lazy-bones like the Greeks, but in hindsight I'll bet Deutschland would like a do-over on that vote. I know I would.

The Anthora cup, created by Leslie Buck.

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3-Year Old Daughter: Daddy, do you sleep naked?

Me: Uhh-uhh-ummm...Why no! Of course not!

3-Year Old Daughter: Well, what do your pajamas look like?

Dang. Busted.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

should there be "Siesta-Economy" and "Non-Siesta Economy" currencies?

May 11, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Persuade. Not persuaded. Sorry, I'm just grumpy that India seems to be on the way out of the T20 World Cup.

May 11, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Pueblo girl said...

Regarding Greece, I found this page interesting:


"between 1995 and 2005, Greece was the country with the largest work/hour ratio among European nations; Greeks worked an average of 1,900 hours per year, followed by the Spanish (average of 1,800 hours/year)." (That is to say, more than non-siesta countries - Daisyfae, please take note)


"The Greek labor the second most industrious between OECD countries, after South Korea." The USA is also a member of the OECD.

I should imagine the population is protesting about this:

"uncontrolled spending prior to the October 2009 national elections"

and this:

"Greece falsified its financial data to try to cover up the extent of its massive budget deficit in the wake of the global financial crisis."

i.e., corrupt or useless politicians who have made a mess of things once again.

Personally, I like the Euro. I don't get hit for changing currency when I travel around Europe, and it seems to have done quite well until now against the dollar and the pound. It's certainly much stronger than the peseta ever was - I can now afford to go back to the UK occasionally.

Or have I lost my sense of humour?

May 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

'Speak as you find' and I have always found Greece and its people to make me feel it was my spiritual home. But Greeks and politics and its government is a whole new ball game.
BTW I think we (UK) should return their Marbles.

May 11, 2010 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger JZ said...

My Big Fat Greek Bailout (zing!)........National Lampoon's European Depression (yow!)........Clash of the Titanic Debt (ba-dum-dum)......

I so wish Bullwinkle were Greek:"Rocky, watch me pull this country out of bankrupcy!" "Again?!"

May 11, 2010 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: It would be much better if we all just migrated over to a Siesta Economy."

Rohan: I read that India will need a miracle to reach the semis. You have my sympathies. I wish you had had a better showing. Chin up and all that crap.

PG: I am happy to have a dissenting opinion on the workforce, but this is what we're being fed here in the U.S. And not by the reactionaries over at Fox News. My information comes from Paul Krugman, a columnist in the New York Times who won the Pulitzer in economics, so I tend to listen to what he says. He feels this crisis will end with Greece leaving the Euro. Unthinkable?! Stay tuned... Yes, corruption is rampant but I STILL think there's a big problem with the populous refusing to pay taxes and their soft retirement policies.

Pat: I agree 100% The Marbles should be on the next flight from Heathrow to Athens. BTW, nice new pic.

JZ: (Sound of crickets chirping.) Tap-tap-tap. Is this thing on? I'm here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress. Just not in Euros.

May 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Sid said...

Yeah this made the news on our side too. No taxes? No taxes? What? Don't tell me that they have free health care too. That would totally annoy the piss outta me.

May 12, 2010 at 2:03 AM  
Anonymous Sally said...

Wasn't someone suggesting that Greece sell off a few of its islands to crazy rich people to get out of debt? If only Nicholas Cage didn't blow his entire wad on those castles - he'd have bought one for sure. The Deutsch I've been talking to here about it have actually been very humble, claiming that while they aren't classed as a P.I.G.S. nation, they are certainly in no stellar situation themselves. At least they can see the warning flags being waved, right?

May 12, 2010 at 3:28 AM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

What do you mean by "none of you pay taxes" UB?

May 12, 2010 at 5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's impressive cricket knowledge, Google notwithstanding. The only miracle that's going to help India now, though, is a plague wiping out the 4 teams that did make it to the semis.

May 12, 2010 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sid: Please scroll down to the link I provide in my response to Nursemyra. They don't. Pay. Their. Taxes. For shame.

Sally: Let's face it, without Germany's help (and, to a lesser degree, France) Greece would be in a terrible crisis. I mean...they ARE already...but it'd be much worse.

Nurse: According to this New York Times article, titled "Greek Wealth is Everywhere but Tax Forms," That kind of wholesale lying about assets, and other eye-popping cases that are surfacing in the news media here, points to the staggering breadth of tax dodging that has long been a way of life here.

Rohan: Don't be that impressed. We get very little information about cricket here in the States. These are simply blurbs I picked up in the paper. Perhaps the earth will open up and swallow one of the semi teams. That would create a vacancy.

May 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

We definitely won't be relying on Greece to oil the wheels of a global recovery.

May 12, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Pueblo girl said...

You'd probably understand this better than me. I find this more objectionable than anything any Greeks citizens may or may not have done. Speculating and gambling and profiting on the misery of millions of people? Over dinner?

May 12, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Kykn: Actually, we're the ones who'll be oiling THEIR wheels.

PG: Oh, please. Over dinner at a tony townhouse, no less. Do you know what distressed investing is? Some predators in expensive suits look for failing companies. They look to profit off failure. It makes me ill.

May 12, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Here In Franklin said...

I don't know shit about the Greek economy, but I like their yogurt.

May 12, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Blues said...

I'm with HIF.

Spain is headed in a similar direction. It is scrambling to be able to pay back the money owed to Europe. I will be very surprised if they don't drop kick our asses out of the Euro.

May 30, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

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