The force of the market reaction to the downgrades suggests that the EU's fraught, months-long effort to stem Greece's debt crisis has all but failed ... Like past debt crises, this one has fed on itself. Europe's failure to act decisively has led investors to sell off Greek debt, making it far more expensive for the country to borrow money, and prompting further downgrades.By analogy, then, if you miss a credit card payment, it's because your neighbors didn't pay it for you. It's not because you spent too much money on things you didn't need, it's the fault of everyone else. While you lay passed out on your lawn, dressed in boxers and a tank top with empty bottles of Mythos beer all around you, they need to pick up the mail from your mailbox, sort through the bills and pay them.
That'll work, right?