Unless you just refuse to listen to the news or perhaps you get your news from a very serious news commentator like Jon Stewart, (okay, that was sarcasm if you didn’t catch it), you have no doubt saw the riots in Greece. Perhaps you even know what has caused them. In a nutshell, here is what has cause the Citizens of Greece to rise up against their Government.
For many, many years Greece has been one of those “progressive” liberal countries who have given their citizens all sorts of handouts. In fact, in years past (as far back as the 80′s that I can remember), Greece was listed as one of the best places to live in the World because of the availability of State run programs that provided it’s citizens a wide range of handouts. You had all types of handouts from health care to transportation that the government of Greece generously gave its citizens.
But then as the economic slowdown started affecting Europe and other Countries, Greece started feeling the pinch. In short, they started accruing huge amounts of debt much faster than their ability to pay. And when some in the government tried to do the right thing and cut those programs that were sucking the government dry, well, the people didn’t like it and they started rioting in the streets. How dare the Government take away their freebies!
Obviously, the opposition has offered no real solution that would save Greece from collapsing financially. The people don’t care as long as they get their freebies. They don’t seem to grasp the concept that if their government doesn’t stop the bleeding of money, they’re country will be nothing more than just another crappy third world country and they won’t get their freebies then either. Or maybe they do and they still don’t care. Who is the Government to tell them to pay their own tolls, tuition and health care?!!
Could The Financial Crisis in Greece Happen In The U.S.?
If you’re reading this article, then you probably already know the answers. The short answer is “YES”.
In fact, many experts say we’re real close to the same thing happening here. If you’re watching the debate over whether or not to raise the debt limit, then you’re a little more educated than the average person on the street.
For many, many years the Democrats and Liberals have fought tooth and nail to increase the size of the government. Why? For the same reason other governments do it, to pacify a section of the voting block who want the government handouts. They believe this is the way to remain in power, or to get voted into a position of power.
This is why they keep pushing for government run health care programs like Obamacare. This is why Clinton wanted to increase benefits to those not paying taxes and to increase taxes on working Americans. Just look at all the so called “Social Programs” we already have!!!
I too believe we’re on our way to looking a lot like Greece in the not-to-distant future. Just look at how people are reacting when they think their government handouts here at home are going to get taken away. Look how the the Unions are reacting when their tax payer funded handouts are being cut due to State government shortfalls. You only have to see the demonstrations in places like Wisconsin and New Jersey to get a glimpse of things to come if the government continues to give handouts and continue to increase taxes on the working Americans.
Not only that, but inflation is like Superman these days. It’s up, up and away! (sorry, couldn’t resist that one). The other day I filled up my pickup since had came down to $3.49 per gallon. I wondered then how people making minimum wage and others could make it. Later on that day I was reading the grocery flyers in the mail. I noticed that one store near us had 80/20 hamburger meat on sale for $3.19 a pound! It wasn’t even the Select grade of hamburger!!
Hamburger and Chicken use to be the two meats you could afford if you had more month at the end of the money. It was just cheap meat. Not any longer!
Wages haven’t kept up with these increases. When people start getting hungrier than they are and lose their jobs because they can’t afford to drive back and forth every day, they’re going to start pouring into the streets. You watch.
Plan Now – Survive Later On
I know you’re probably feeling the pinch too. I have a pretty good job and it hurts everytime I fill up my truck or my Wife’s car. It hurts every time I go into the grocery store. It’s one reason we started really bearing down and using more and more coupons!
It’s also the main reason I’m cutting out the little luxuries and refocusing my attention, energy and money on Survival preparedness. I’m taking a long hard look at my survival plans and trying to shore them up where they are weakest. I’m adding food, water, alternative means of transportation and energy, ammo and guns to my store house and making additional plans should the need arise to bug out or stay put. I have plans A through G as of now and will probably finish the alphabet by the end of the year!
I seriously believe you should be planning for the same as well. I don’t want to see my fellow Americans in the street rioting, but if they do, I’ll be tucked away and letting have their way…until they come down my driveway.