Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis has Chutzpah. He just told the Euro Group lenders to stop wasting time and give us, Greece, what we want! It’s either crass or brass.
He chastised the Euro Group lenders – imagine ! – for using a technical expert committee to try to determine the current state of Greek government finances: “The comprehensive review was like a cat chasing its tail.” Varoufakis to his partners: just trust me – just give me the damned 7 ½ billion Euros already.
Not bad. It’s Greece acting as the tail wagging the dog – telling the lenders: first, what they should do; and then, what they must do! This Greek method of negotiating is a novelty.
Ya gotta hand it to the Greeks. They were in financial trouble; lied and cheated to hide it; thereby got access to a new strong currency, the Euro; then continued to mess up; and get into so much more financial trouble they couldn’t hide it any more, much less get out of it. So, what to do? They then up and come running for help from their new currency partners. They get the help; but they continue their ways; and so the help is of no help; so, they come running yet again and get still more help.
Well, the still more help still didn’t help. So now you do the Greek “logical” thing – blame the Euro Group for your troubles! All of the Greek officials have attacked their lenders from every direction.
By the time Faroufakis is done reading the Greek indictment, it’s a miracle even the Euro Group politicians and technocrats haven’t admitted guilt and thrown themselves on the mercy of the Greek jury!
Tsipras, Varoufakis, et al. (after Zola): J’ACCUSE, J’ACCUSE & I DEMAND:
“Would you allow me, grateful as I am for the kind reception you Euro Group Lenders once extended to me, to show my concern about maintaining your well-deserved prestige and to point out that your star which, until now, has shone so brightly, risks being dimmed by the most shameful and indelible of stains?
“J’accuse first the private and then the public lenders of being responsible for Greece’s problems by forcing us to borrow money from them to maintain Greek government spending.
“J’accuse the Germans Merkel and Schaeuble of being the diabolical creators of this miscarriage of justice and humanity by all manner of evil machinations.– to require that Greeks should live within their means and repay their debts.
“J’accuse the Troika of complicity, at least by mental weakness, in one of the greatest inequities of the century – not taking us Greeks by our word; demanding on checking our accounts; and then demanding that we should live within our means rather than the standard to which we have become accustomed .
“J’accuse the technical experts, of submitting reports that were deceitful and fraudulent – Greeks do deserve: pensions higher than evil Germany; subsidies for rent and energy; state featherbedding; employment without the inhumane risk of firing for business conditions; state-owned money-losing enterprises, etc. – unless a medical examination finds them to be suffering from a condition that impairs their eyesight and judgment.
“J’accuse the Euro Group of having held in their hands absolute proof of Greece’s innocent suffering and covering it up, and making themselves guilty of this crime against mankind and justice, as a political expedient and a way to save face.
“Greece demands: Hand over that 7.2 billion Euros; for the sin of lending us money you know we could not repay, change the terms so that we need pay it back only when we decide we can repay; and while you’re at it, also forgive half of that 240 billion Euros we owe; and then go tax your taxpayers some more to lend us lots more money so we can “prime our pump” !
The more you get to know some folks – the better you like dogs!