Intergenerational warfare is breaking out in Greece

Questions I Never Want My Children To Ask

William A. Jacobson
Legal Insurrection

Intergenerational warfare is breaking out in Greece as youth blame their elders for the economic mess, resulting from decades of welfare-state policies, that has left Greece bankrupt.

I wonder whether the questions being asked by the youth of Greece are the same questions our children and grandchildren will ask as we head further down the road of unprecedented national debt on a scale unimaginable two years ago as a result of Obama’s attempt to restructure society.

Via The Times of London (emphasis mine):

Anger has grown against the EU for insisting on tough austerity measures in return for a bailout worth an estimated 45 billion (£39 billion) [$59.8 billion US] this year alone, and up to €120 billion (£104 billion) over three years.

Some young Greeks prefer to blame their elders for the mountain of debt that has resulted in Greece, like a wayward child, being placed under the tutelage of the men from the IMF.

“I cannot help but blame my parents a little for what’s happened,” said Achilles Zacharoulis, a 36-year-old cardiologist. “They were here all that time,” he added, referring to the past three decades of mismanagement and fiscal insanity. “But what did they do to stop it?”

Vaggelis Gettos, 24, is just as alarmed at the burden being heaped on the young by austerity measures expected to be announced today, and has pledged to resist them in more protests this week against what he sees as a plot to impoverish Greece.

“We will live much worse than our parents,” he said. “Why should we be made to pay for their mistakes?”

The Tea Parties and voter discontent at the size of government are not driven by racism or fanaticism, as the mainstream media, left-wing bloggers and academics, and Democratic politicians contend.

Rather, those of us who oppose destructive Obama administration policies do so because we do not want our children and grandchildren to pay for our mistakes.

And we never want our children and grandchildren to ask: “But what did they do to stop it.”

Any politician who does not understand this motivation, and who belittles concerns about the growth of our own welfare state, does so at his or her political peril.

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