The Phony Shock at Greece’s Referendum

Markets and governments are shocked — shocked — by the Greek government’s announcement that it will hold a referendum on the euro zone bailout plan being forced on them by France and Germany.

But given that Greece lied about its financial condition to get into the euro zone when it wanted in, why is it surprising that Greece will now do what it takes when it wants out?

The Greek people would be better off returning to the drachma, they will suffer less hardship than under the bailout plan.  Their interests don’t coincide with the rest of Europe, which fears the possible domino effect of a Greek default on much larger economies like Italy’s.

It’s hard to feel sorry for the other Europeans.  They did nothing when they discovered Greece had lied to join them.  And their response to the crisis of the last two years has consistently been too slow and too little, they’ve never gotten ahead of it with a serious, bold plan.

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