Greece, again and again and again...

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Pastors and Bible scholars love to bloviate about economics, but we're only posers. We're like young mothers who have dallied in alternative medicine and lecture other young mothers, and even the dieticians, physicians, pharmacists, and nurses of our congregation, on the dangers of pasteurized milk and the benefits of organic toilet paper. Sure, theft is wrong, even and especially when done by a government, but having said that, we've said almost nothing.

So I am fearful of being a fool in saying something about Greece, but I can't restrain myself. There are two headlines about Greece on Google's News Page just now. One is the BBC's "Greek debt crisis: Emergency EU summit due on Monday" and the other is this from Reuters: "Greece may offer more in debt talks as clock ticks."

Do they take us for fools? Speaking of a "crisis" and telling us the "clock ticks" can only be understood as communicating that time has run out and something dire is about to happen. But of course we've been around this rathole with Greece now for years, and long ago President Merkel made it clear she would protect Greece from bankruptcy. She plays her part well. The rest of the EU utters "World War II" sotto voce and what heart President Merkel has goes all a-flutter with the implications. And really, that's all there is to this whole debacle...

Greece understands perfectly that the rest of the EU has made it clear to Germany's president that she and her country "owe" the rest of them, and protecting Greece from the fruits of her greed is the required price.

Until President Merkel mans up and allows Greece to go bankrupt, the extortion will never end. Greece may not be the emergency forever, but the extortion will never end.

The EU is no more in danger of financial meltdown if Greece goes belly up than these United States were when Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and the territory of Florida went bankrupt in the 1840s. Apparently the country survived and we Hoosiers learned something because we now sit in about the best financial position of any state in the country having blessed ourselves with Mitch Daniels for two consecutive terms.


Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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