The Greek gravy train has a head of steam
Now crewed by the Syriza winning team
They planned their route, it’s all set down
Flags and bunting decorate every town
Their plan is simple, although brand new
Is it perhaps something we all should do?
Free transportation for the frail and old
Their daring plan is foolproof yet so bold
Thousands of jobs created from thin air
Other countries leaders just don’t care
If they did, would they not do the same?
They would magic jobs and play the game
Jobs for the boys and for our women too
You’ll be paid for sleeping and on the loo
While our new plans fill Europe with rage
We will pay you at least, a minimum wage
From where will all this fine money come
To take the Greek population off its bum?
The government will get much-needed cash
By taxing the rich and squeezing their stash
Conglomerates too, will pay a bigger share
Businesses everywhere will pay, that’s fair
Poor brave Syriza, they just cannot know
When you tax the rich they usually up and go
Businesses across the land will simply relocate
Corporation tax revenues fall and costs escalate
Soon the government will run out of steam
A year, perhaps two, then a shattered dream
Out will come once more the begging bowl
Please Deutschland dig us from this awful hole
We kept faith with the euro as you dictated
Our economy stands battered and decimated
Achtung! Do not plant these seeds here sown
Greece must blow the whistle on the Eurozone
I am trying an experiment. I have fixed a label to my cover with a massive ‘bleak January’ price reduction to see if it raises any interest. I’d like to think it makes my Kindle e-book look more like an old-fashioned book on a shelf with its Special Deal sticker on the cover. Has anyone tried this? More importantly will it work?
Democracy is too powerful a tool to be placed in the hands of people that vote with their bellies and not their brains. Had Syriza (the Greek neo-Communist party now on the verge of being elected early next year) taken power at the last election, they would have plunged Greece into crisis and withdrawn from the eurozone. Things would now be improving (for some). After years of belt-tightening, stomachs listen to anybody offering food, even those whose food is rotten.
It's not something unique to Greece; in the UK there is a possibility that stomachs will vote for Labour next May. As before, the Party will spend what they don't have, borrow what they don't deserve and take a giant leap backwards. Four years later, rocked by crisis, they will go to the country and the Conservatives will be voted in by the brains of people that have had full bellies, but see that they haven't paid for the food. The cycle will start all over again.
Those that lead America have overcome the problem of democracy. The President appears to be democratically elected, but once in the White House he finds his advisors have tied his hands and gagged him. Periodically, on some high profile, but relatively minor issue, they slip the leash and let him have his say. Thus the people ... the voters believe their chosen leader is truly running the country and thus avoid searching questions, insurrection and an overthrow of the control the hidden men have wielded since they had Kennedy bumped off. They will 'allow' a 'token' woman in soon; maybe, just maybe they will thus overplay their hand when they discover how difficult it is to gag a woman.
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