That the majority of Greeks and their elected politicians live in parallel universes is not a secret. The deeper the crisis, the wider the gap. Then while the citizens struggle to cope with a tsunami of taxes, levies and high prices, the politicians think that the crisis in not here yet. That bankrupt citizens have nothing to do with a bankrupt country. In fact, that is something we’ve stressed earlier, that is, that in order to save Greece, Greeks will need to go bankrupt! During a meeting with the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, Venizelos said: The situation is extremely critical and dangerous, this is not the crisis but a very hard attempt to avoid the crisis. People think that the crisis is what we live now, with the wages, incomes and pensions cuts, the decrease of the perspectives for the youth. But it is not.” And he explained diplomatically avoiding to mention the over 800,00 jobless, the majority of them without unemployment allowances or any other benefit and omitting the public angers:
“The crisis, that is Argentina in 2000, that is the complete dissolution of the economy, of the institutions, social fabric and the productive base of the country.”
And where is Greece’s crisis? In the middle of the road? Somewhere between Greece and Argentina lies Chicago… Wasn’t it Prime Minister George Papandreou who said just a recently that “we are in the middle of the road’?
After the meeting Venizelos left the Presidential office in his luxury BMW 840 . Greek blogs claim that the armoured car with all the extra snicks and snacks must have cost some 750K euro.
It has not made public what the President of the Republic told Evangelos Venizelos. Probably “Be patient!”…
Meanwhile other PASOK party officials and deputies adopted the new Venizelos doctrine “Pay or Argentina” and urged citizens “who fundamentally can afford to pay, to do their duty to their country, with the knowledge that this problem will yield to lift the country from the impasse and for the future of our children.”
Some journalists asked whether bankrupt people also is the same as bankrupt country. Then the PASOK official heralded:
“If the country goes bankrupt like Argentina did, then there will be nothing and that will have no comparison to what we live here”.
On many Internet forums many Greeks reminded the political leadership that the Argentinian president left the country by helicopter – in the darkness of the night…
Between Athens and Buenos Aires, Greeks try just to keep their dignity dancing tango to the tunes of the bandoneon played by the ghost of bankruptcy….