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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Greece celebrates their improved credit rating the only way they know   (startribune.com) divider line 11
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2012-12-19 12:41:31 PM
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I am a huge labor supporter in the US. That being said, I have a hard time getting my blood up to support a bunch of petulant snots that set their country on fire in response to being told that they will no longer be able to retire at 48 with full salary until they die.
2012-12-19 04:10:49 PM
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SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Tommy Moo: I am a huge labor supporter in the US. That being said, I have a hard time getting my blood up to support a bunch of petulant snots that set their country on fire in response to being told that they will no longer be able to retire at 48 with full salary until they die.

You do realize that what triggered their crisis was malfeasance on the part of EU and US banks, right? Sure, the Greeks are a relatively lazy culture, but that's nothing new. There's a reason why everything suddenly went to sh*t overnight.


Yeah, sure. They were tricked into lying their way into the EU, overspending, undertaxing, maintaining a grossly overpaid public sector and inefficient labor market. Damn you Goldman Sachs!!!
2012-12-19 03:36:50 PM
2 votes:
As an Estonian university professor who went through a wage haircut during our country's austerity measures (by the way, they worked and we have one of the only growing economies in the EU), I read this article and hear them whine about the low salaries they are now being paid, I say "frak you".

You idiots make about the same amount I do after my wage cut, and I'm smart enough to make it work. What's even more outrageous is my government is sending money to help "bail out" these clowns.

Let them eat feta.
2012-12-19 04:44:17 PM
1 votes:

liverleef: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Tommy Moo: I am a huge labor supporter in the US. That being said, I have a hard time getting my blood up to support a bunch of petulant snots that set their country on fire in response to being told that they will no longer be able to retire at 48 with full salary until they die.

You do realize that what triggered their crisis was malfeasance on the part of EU and US banks, right? Sure, the Greeks are a relatively lazy culture, but that's nothing new. There's a reason why everything suddenly went to sh*t overnight.

Something tells me the Greeks aren't lazy

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Nice graph, but I'd have to see the actual stats, I really would like to believe it.

Most regular folks in Greece are OK people. It's the roughly 5-10% of the population that look to game the system that are the problem.

My favorite tidbit that captures this bullshiat was a stat from the Greek's version of the IRS. Only a few hundred people in northern Athens suburbs claimed to own pools (a luxury reserved for the rich, with Greece having tons of beaches for everyone to go to) on their taxes.

Satellite images showed nearly 17,000 pools in that area.
2012-12-19 04:07:48 PM
1 votes:
Stick around, Amerika, it's coming your way sooner than you would like.
2012-12-19 02:56:28 PM
1 votes:
Spinach puff pastry pie?
2012-12-19 01:57:53 PM
1 votes:
Pay your taxes, ya dopey Greeks. And tax your shipping magnates.
2012-12-19 01:21:47 PM
1 votes:
Good thing we have the foresight to make efforts towards cutting back on entitlements here in the US so that stuff like that will never happen here.

We should really be thankful to have infinitely sustainable entitlement programs like ours - so long as we cut the defense budget and keep raising taxes we will never run out of money.
2012-12-19 12:48:57 PM
1 votes:

Digital Communist: FTA "Nikos Stamatopoulos, leader of the Athens subway workers' union, said a skilled maintenance employee with 20 years of experience at state-run transport services has seen his monthly salary cut from pre-crisis levels of (EURO)1,700 ($2,240) to (EURO)800 ($1,050) next year."

So next year, experienced subway workers will make about $250 a week? There has to be more to this story.


Yeah, except there are 15 "months" in the Greek payroll calendar. And no mention of the fringe benefits. I don't have a copy of their union contract, but I wouldn't be surprised if that included free subway passes for the whole family, free lunches, etc.
2012-12-19 12:46:05 PM
1 votes:
drop 50% of the country into poverty, but the stock market rose 3% so it's a good day!
2012-12-19 12:39:57 PM
1 votes:
Cut $1 in spending, lose $1.25 in revenue. KEEP CUTTING THIS IS A WINNING COMBINATION
 
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