It finally dawned on me. The very best analogy for the whole European mess would be the basic plot line of the classic comedy “Animal House”.
Greece is the party hardy Delta house. Failing grades, dilapidated facilities, garbage everywhere thanks to a general strike. Germany and France are the combined evil forces of the snooty Omega house and Dean Wormer. I’m not sure who’s who. Nevertheless, they conspire to assert control over the mythical Faber College, forcing everyone to conform and do it their way.
The austerity measures being dictated to Greece sound a lot like Dean Wormer’s “double secret probation”. Nobody is really sure what the hell it is and, in the back of their minds, they know it probably won’t reign in the rogue Greeks anyway. Greece’s attitude, especially now with their threatened referendum on the bailout totally reminds me of Otter’s speech after they’ve completely trashed Flounder’s brother’s Lincoln. Here’s the clip:
In the end, the Delta’s get expelled. But, as a last hurrah, they cause complete chaos and completely dismantle the homecoming parade.
I genuinely hope that a Greek expulsion or withdrawal doesn’t cause create chaos in Europe. Unfortunately, it probably will and rest assured we’ll get a dose over here as well. But I’m afraid everyone is following the script fairly accurately.
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