Greece, how do you do it?

Marinna Camasta, Staff Writer

Greece is a fabulous country with ancient ruins, beautiful architecture, and herds of fertile goats. But there are things on this earth more important than history and horned animals. Like the fact that the world is in an economic calamity (that’s right. We’re way past crisis. We’re in a freaking calamity) in case you didn’t know. Oh wait, EVERYONE KNOWS.

Even if you were in a secret bunker below the earth’s surface, having only sane friends who would never go down and visit someone in a secret bunker, possessing no electronics, and whose only food source was decomposing Chinese food, you would still know, because in a rage, someone would’ve written on the cookie that the economy is in the toilet. And not only has it been affecting America, but Ireland, Italy, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and pretty much anywhere else people can go and invest in stocks that promise gold, but instead lose money. One particular country affected by this crisis is Greece.

But here’s the thing: they probably would’ve ended up in debt anyway. You see in Greece, the average man works till 52 years of age, and in the meantime they get 6 weeks of paid vacation every year. And afterwards they get pensions along with other senior citizens benefits. But this kind of reckless spending and inability to balance their money has lead to a crisis, inevitable since 2001. According to the BBC “Greece went on a big, debt-funded spending spree, including paying for high-profile projects such as the 2004 Athens Olympics, which went well over its budget.”

The government decided the only way to save their country was to decrease their 6 weeks of paid vacation every year and to lower their retirement to 80% pay at 53 and the people rioted. Yes in traditional Greek fashion, some of the violence included the hurdling of tear gas and yogurt.

This is really pathetic Greece. You have a population of 11 million and a debt of half a trillion. To get back to normal, your citizens would have to pay $44,000 per person. Now us Americans are rational and reasonable. We get on average two weeks of vacation and retire a whole twenty minutes before the Grimm Reaper comes to pick us up for a trip. Now because of this we have been able to reduce our debt to… $45,000 per person.

Greece, how do you do it?