Monday, November 12, 2012

When You're Less Attractive Than Somalia, You've Got Big Problems

In answer to my rhetorical question in a previous post, yes indeed, Greeks are leaving Greece. And where are they going? Well, anywhere but Greece. Dig this.
Ryssdal: Why are you leaving Greece?
Oikonomides: I'm leaving Greece because I've been unemployed for a year and a half and I haven't had paid employment for two years. So I don't really have a choice, I need to have a job.
Ryssdal: And where are you going to go?
Oikonomides: I work in education and emergencies, so I will be going back to my old job, which is education programs for refugees and displaced people. That's going to be in Kenya and the three areas of Somalia.
Well OK then. Somalia it is!

I spent a little time clicking around the Interweb Tubes, reading stories like this. The theme is that if they just spend a little time away from Greece, things will sort themselves out and they'll be able to move back home.


If skilled and ambitious people leave, how are Greece's problems going to get solved?

Who is John Galt?

1 comment:

W.C. Varones said...

Simple solution: default.

The Bible prescribed a Jubilee of debt forgiveness every 49 years. Maybe they were onto something.

Everyone -- Greece, Spain, the US Federal government, municipalities, homedebtors, student debt victims -- could sure use a Jubilee right now.