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Our Own Greek Tragedy
Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2010 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 02/26/2010 7:05:55 PM PST by raptor22

While President Obama was making his latest pitch for a brand new, even more unsustainable entitlement at the health care "summit," thousands of Greeks took to the streets to riot. An enterprising cable network might have shown the two scenes on a continuous split screen - because they're part of the same story. It's just that Greece is a little further along in the plot: They're at the point where the canoe is about to plunge over the falls. America is further upstream and can still pull for shore, but has decided instead that what it needs to do is catch up with the Greek canoe. Chapter One (the introduction of unsustainable entitlements) leads eventually to Chapter 20 (total societal collapse): The Greeks are at Chapter 17 or 18.

What's happening in the developed world today isn't so very hard to understand: The 20th century Bismarckian welfare state has run out of people to stick it to. In America, the feckless insatiable boobs in Washington, Sacramento, Albany and elsewhere are screwing over our kids and grandkids. In Europe, they've reached the next stage in social democratic evolution: There are no kids or grandkids to screw over. The United States has a fertility rate of around 2.1, or just over two kids per couple. Greece has a fertility rate of about 1.3: 10 grandparents have six kids have four grandkids - i.e., the family tree is upside down. Demographers call 1.3 "lowest-low" fertility - the point from which no society has ever recovered. And compared to Spain and Italy, Greece has the least worst fertility rate in Mediterranean Europe.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: birthrate; demographics; economics; economy; greece; obama

1 posted on 02/26/2010 7:05:56 PM PST by raptor22
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2 posted on 02/26/2010 7:17:10 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: raptor22

The big difference between us and Greece is that Greece’s economy is small enough to be bailed out.


3 posted on 02/26/2010 7:29:16 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: raptor22

Terrific article.


4 posted on 02/27/2010 4:15:10 AM PST by Tax-chick (Cheeseburgers, parrots, volcanos, boats, rum, kittens, machine guns ...)
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