Greek Tragedy Playing Here

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If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve seen that there’s a lot of uproar in the country of Greece. The problem is that the country is having severe financial problems.

To put this is layman’s terms, it’s like gathering up your last quarters and going to the convenience store to buy one lottery ticket in hopes of winning enough money to buy cigarettes only to find that the store burned down over night and you’re being charged with arson. That’s a simplified explanation of the scenario and—like all such metaphors—lacks something. In this case, it lacks punch because the Greek situation is way worse than that.

The best minds in the world are weighing in about what the Greeks should do. Trying to maintain the illusion of being one of these great minds—or even a collection of them—the New York Times (official motto: “all the news that fits, we print”) offered their own sage advice to the Greek people about how to get out of this mess: get the government out of health care, transportation and finance.

You see, the NYT’s argument is that Greece’s problem is that the government has intruded into all these areas, making them not just slow but financially incoherent. The way to turn Greece around, argues the NYT, is to let private industry handle health care, transportation and finance.

For instance, in Greece, a trucker’s license can cost as much as $90,000 a year. Get the government out of that, argues the NYT, and you’ll not only take a huge burden off the individual truckers, you’ll make all the goods they are transporting more affordable. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Which makes you wonder why—or even how—the New York Times came up with it. They are the paper, you’ll remember, who has led the charge for the government taking over our health care, our transportation and our financial sector here in the United States. So why are free markets good for the Greeks but not for us?

When you figure that one out, write the NYT a letter and let them know, because they obviously don’t have a clue!