Sunday, July 12, 2015

#Grexit or Not: Bits and Pieces

Eurobullies are all terrified at being accused of the disintegration of the Eurozone if it happens. They’re pretending they’re all in control and in a strong position but they’re actually running very scared. Strong position my arse. Making a lot of noise and pulling a lot of smug faces about “breach of trust”. My God if only they could see themselves! It’s kind of difficult to comply with austerity and pay back all the money owed when said austerity has crippled the economy. Duh. 
I tell you what we can trust; we can trust centrist right politicos to not give a damn about humanitarian crises, even if their policies and demands and twisted agendas have caused the crises.

Word was that there was no official #Grexit being discussed. Then a document was leaked. There’s a definite Grexit option, only they’re calling it a ‘time-out’ The document has more clauses, more austerity. Get this: they want the Greek government to go after pensions and raise the pension age to 67. How small can you get. Yeah, let’s hit the old people, smack ‘em around a bit more, see how much more they can take.

If Greece is thrown out of the Eurozone, what's to stop it chucking its debt down the toilet?

Novel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz had this to say about Germany: What has been demonstrated is a lack of solidarity by Germany. You cannot run a eurozone without a basic modicum of solidarity. It is really undermining the common sense of vision, the sense of common solidarity in Europe. I think it's been a disaster. Clearly Germany has done a serious blow, undermining Europe. Asking even more from Greece would be unconscionable. If the ECB allows Greek banks to open up and they renegotiate whatever agreement, then wounds can heal. But if they succeed in using this as a trick to get Greece out, I think the damage is going to be very very deep.” 
The Telegraph has a photo showing French President Francois Hollande, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the start of Eurozone leaders' summit on the Greek crisis at the European Council. All three men mighty chummy. Not too long ago Juncker called Tsipras a terrorist. I guess he’s buried the hatchet. Good. Let there be love.

The preceding photo shows Merkel, Tsipras and Hollande. Not chummy at all. Not so much love there. Mind you, it would be hard to love Angela Merkel. CNN is showing the footage of both over and over.

Tsipras spoke to US treasury secretary Jack Lew today. Huh. Wonder what they said. Bear in mind that Barack Obama said you can’t keep squeezing a country that’s in the midst of a depression. 

Tsipras said to reporters a few hours ago, “We can reach a deal tonight.” He paused and added sardonically, “If everybody wants it.”
Pope Francis, speaking in Paraguay, criticized the gap between rich and poor: “I ask them not to yield to an economic model which is idolatrous, which needs to sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.” He said that the ancient practice of worshipping golden calves had returned “in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy.”
Whether they deserve it or not, the Greek people are being sacrificed on the altar of Eurozone money.