If you tell yourself lies long enough, pretty soon you start to believe them yourself. The Greek people are living in an alternate reality, they simply deny that their entire country has become a ward of the EU state. They still want their cake and ice cream:
However bad their prospects, many Greeks seem to think that since money to bail them out was found in the past, it will be found again, whatever politicians say.
Nor do they believe that Europe will simply cast them loose, despite growing signs that Greece is heading for the exit from the single currency and towards the economic and social catastrophe that would follow.
And how do they put things to right? Why just do this:
“There’s a lot of money in this country, they just need to tax the rich and it would solve so many problems,” said seamstress Argiro Maniati, 55.
Working furiously at her sewing machine surrounded by tall piles of mended clothes her customers can’t afford to collect, Maniati fully embraces the myth that Greece’s membership of the euro can never die.
Soak the rich! Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?
Sounds just like the Obama platform.
Like many Greeks who punished mainstream parties in a fruitless May 6 election that has brought Greece to the edge of a political abyss, she thinks politicians have exaggerated the threat of euro expulsion to scare up votes for failed policies.
“The big parties brought us here, to poverty and suicide, and they are terrorising us to make us accept tough measures.”
In what many foreign partners see as the great Greek paradox, opinion polls show over 75 percent of Greeks want to stay in the euro, but two thirds oppose an international bailout, a lifeline which came with harsh salary, pension and job cuts.
Frankfurt and Brussels say it is impossible for Greece to have one without the other: no bailout means no euro and a return to the drachma – “drachmageddon”, as some Greeks call it.
Greek officials have admitted that the state will run out of cash next month. The EU and IMF have warned Athens will get no more funds unless it meets fiscal targets and pushes reforms, including finding about 11 billion euros worth of cuts by June….
With about three weeks to go before the next election, there is no sign on the streets of Athens that people are coming to grips with the real choice they face.
“Even if we go bankrupt we need to tell them clearly that we won’t leave the euro in any event. They’ll have a bankrupt country in the euro, which means other countries can go bankrupt as well and the whole euro zone will blow up,” said electrician Thanasis Zahariadis, 47.
“So they won’t let us go bankrupt, no way. These are just threats. I’m going to vote anti-bailout.”
This one is gonna hurt.