Greece as Conservative Model

2011 September 19
by drdog09

Stick with me here. There is a method to the madness —

(Reuters) – International lenders told Greece on Monday it must shrink its public sector and improve tax collection to avoid default within weeks as investors spooked by political setbacks in Europe dumped risky euro zone assets.

Hours before a telephone conference between the Greek Finance Minister and senior officials of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, the IMF representative in Greece spelled out steps Athens must take to secure a vital 8 billion euro rescue payment next month.

“The ball is in the Greek court. Implementation is of the essence,” Bob Traa told an economic conference.


We conservatives have been saying for years that the government needs to be whittled down. Our laments have fallen on deaf ears with the political class. It still does.

Well, though I hate the method, maybe we should follow Greece. Here the govt is being mandated to make cuts, cuts that the Pols should have done years ago on a rational voluntary basis. So lets let Obama have his $1.5T tax increase. It won’t go to paying down the debt. Congress will jump in with both feet and do a 2:1 on spending against that new funding source. They always have and they always will.

Then when the default looms the creditors will step in an force changes for they know, as do most Americans, spending not revenue is the issue. Consider it a reverse Cloward-Piven strategy. Swaths of the government apparatus are cut wholesale in an attempt to satisfy the credit holders.

Happy with that idea? No. The intervening period will be painful. But there is the chance a smaller, leaner govt ends up as a result. And maybe, just maybe, those with their heads in the sand will finally take notice and never let this happen again.

10 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 September 19 6:30 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Unfortunately drdog,we tend to follow Europe’s mis.takes rather than learning from them

  2. 2011 September 19 7:11 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Looks like tonight’s game is gonna suck. NFL games are in your email box c/o MI Conservative.

  3. 2011 September 19 7:15 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    That’s the whole point BC. I WANT us to follow Greece.

  4. 2011 September 19 7:21 pm

    That’s the whole point BC. I WANT us to follow Greece.


    Now that DADT is repealed, we’re on the first step.

    Butt bandits in the barracks,
    rump rangers in the trenches,

  5. 2011 September 19 7:44 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    S&P down grades Italy. The fun continues as around and around we go. Down the drain we all will go.

  6. 2011 September 19 8:11 pm
    justrand permalink

    so drdog…we have to DESTROY the country in order to SAVE IT??

    um…what’s behind Door #2?

  7. 2011 September 20 5:53 am

    A father walks into a restaurant with his young son… He gives the young boy 3 nickels to play with to keep him occupied.

    Suddenly, the boy starts choking, going blue in the face…

    The father realizes the boy has swallowed the nickels and starts slapping him on the back..

    The boy coughs up 2 of the nickels, but keeps choking. Looking at his son, the father is panicking, shouting for help.

    A well-dressed, attractive, and serious looking woman in a blue business suit is sitting at the coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, puts her coffee cup down, neatly folds the newspaper and places it on the counter, gets up from her seat and makes her way, unhurried, across the restaurant.

    Reaching the boy, the woman carefully unfastens his belt, unzips his pants and pulls them down. She lifts up the boys penis and takes hold of his testicles. She gently starts to squeeze and twist his testicles. Then more and more firmly… After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the last nickel, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand.

    Releasing the boy’s testicles and penis, the woman hands the nickel to the father and walks back to her seat at the coffee bar without saying a word..

    As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects from the nickels or the woman’s efforts, the father rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, “I’ve never seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you a doctor?”

    “No” the woman replied, “I’m with the Internal Revenue Service”

  8. 2011 September 20 6:55 am
    drdog09 permalink

    JR, didn’t say it would be pretty. 🙁 But it might be prettier than a civil war.

    Cute story there IP.

  9. 2011 September 20 7:32 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog, but with a Civil War we get cool blue & gray uniforms and stuff. Jus’ sayin’.

  10. 2011 September 20 7:36 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Wha!!?? No fancy inkjet blotch BDU’s? I dunno, wool knickers make my loins itch. 🙂

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