Thursday, October 27, 2011
I’m sure all of my fashion-obsessed readers are eagerly following the news of Europe’s deal to reduce Greece’s debt and stem the financial crisis that has shaken the euro. The Wall Street Journal’s front page story, headlined, “EU Forges Greek Bond Deal,” explains that European leaders “had reached agreement with private banks on a ‘voluntary’ 50% reduction of Greece’s debt in the hands of private investors.” The New York Times says:
“The severe reduction would bring the Greek debt down by 2020 to 120 percent of that nation’s gross domestic product, a figure still enormous but more sustainable for an economy driven into recession by austerity measures.”
As I was reading this, a friend in Poland sent me this “ad”:
“Adopt a Greek!
You have a once in a lifetime opportunity to adopt a Greek!
Your Greek will do for you everything you don’t have the time to do:
sleep until 11
go out for coffee
sit around all evening in a restaurant
all of this for just 500 Euros!
payments should be sent to European Commission.”
It’s always good to be reminded that snarky political commentary is universal. Even better, I see that, according to this ad, I’m well-qualified to be a Greek because if you substitute “gym” for “coffee,” this is a good description of my ideal day. Where do I send my resume?