endures long after

“(…) nations such as Greece have a more basic problem: they’ve spent tomorrow today, and there isn’t going to be a tomorrow. To prop up unsustainable welfare states, most of the western world isn’t ‘printing money’ but instead printing credit cards and pre-approving our unborn grandchildren. That would be a dodgy proposition at the best of times. But in the Mediterranean those grandchildren are never going to be born (…) In Europe, there are no kids or grandkids to screw over. In the end the entitlement state desincentives everything from wealth creation to self-reliance to the survival instinct, as represented by the fertility rate. If the problem with socialism, as Mrs. Thatcher famously said, is that eventually you run out of other people’s money, the problem with Greece and much of Europe is that they’ve advanced to the next stage: they’ve run out of other people, period (…) People’s sense of entitlement endures long after the entitlement has ceased to make sense. And, if it bankrupts the entire state a generation from now, so what? In his pithiest maxim, John Maynard Keynes, the most influential economist of the twentieth-century social-democratic state and the patron saint of ‘stimulus’, offered a characteristically offhand dismissal of any obligation to the future: ‘In the long run we are all dead’. The Greeks are Keynesians to a man: the mob is rioting for the right to carry on suspending reality until they’re all dead. After that, who cares?”, em “After America” de Mark Steyn (páginas 105 e 106). Destaque meu.

Enfim, lido aquele texto (retirado de um magnífico livro de Mark Steyn), é sempre bom saber que “a Grécia sairá do euro se não receber mais 130 mil milhões”! Lembrem-se, este é o país onde uma generosa lei de pensões “also covers radio and television presenters, who are thought to be at risk from the bacteria on their microphones, and musicians playing wind instruments, who must contend with gastric reflux as they puff and blow”

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