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"U.S. taxpayers are helping finance Greek bailout


"Greece fire!

Source Powerlineblog.com

May 6, 2010 Posted by Scott at 10:05 AM

"Based on a recent report in London's Telegraph, it appears that the financial crisis in Greece is awakening some festering European resentments dating back to World War II. Although Greece is in a position of great weakness, some Greeks think that now is the time to settle old scores:

The mayor of Athens, Nikitas Kaklamanis, led the call for Germany to pay reparations for the conquest and occupation, saying; "You owe us 70 billion euros for the ruins you left behind."

Greece's deputy prime minister, Theodoros Pangalos, also dragged up the war, stating; "The Nazis took away the Greek gold that was in the Bank of Greece, they took away the Greek money and they never gave it back."

Which reminds me. It was the Greeks who gave us the word for democracy. They also gave us the the words for demagoguery, tyranny, crisis and chaos.

The Wall Street Journal picks up on the latter two in "Crisis deepens; chaos grips Greece." Left-wing protesters wielding a fire bomb killed three bank employees yesterday when the bomb hit a bank in central Athens.

Sen. Jim Demint brings it all back home: "U.S. taxpayers are helping finance Greek bailout."   (article below)

Via Instapundit.

UPDATE: A reader forwards an interesting article from the Australian Business Spectator asking "Will German voters cut the cord?"



May 6, 2010

"U.S. taxpayers are helping finance Greek bailout

By Sen. Jim DeMint | Published: 05/06/10 at 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/06/10 at 12:46 PM
Source The Daily Caller

"The International Monetary Fund board has approved a $40 billion bailout for Greece, almost one year after the Senate rejected my amendment to prohibit the IMF from using U.S. taxpayer money to bailout foreign countries.

Congress didn’t learn their lesson after the $700 billion failed bank bailout and let world leaders shake down U.S taxpayers for international bailout money at the G-20 conference in April 2009. G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors asked the United States, the IMF’s largest contributor, for a whopping $108 billion to rescue bankers around the world and the Obama Administration quickly obliged.

Rather than pass it as stand-alone legislation, President Obama asked Congress to fold the $108 billion into a war-spending bill to send money to our troops.

It was clear such an approach would simply repeat the expensive mistake of the failed Wall Street bailouts with banks in other nations. Think of it as an international TARP plan, another massive rescue package rushed through with little planning or debate. That’s why I objected and offered an amendment to take it out of the war bill. But the Democrat Senate voted to keep the IMF bailout in the war spending bill. 64 senators voted for the bailout, 30 senators voted against it.

Only one year later, the IMF is sending nearly $40 billion to bailout Greece, the biggest bailout the IMF has ever enacted.

Right now, 17 percent of the IMF funding pool that the $40 billion bailout is being drawn from comes from U.S. taxpayers. If that ratio holds true, that means American taxpayers are paying for $6.8 billion of the Greek bailout. Although the $108 billion extra that Congress approved for the IMF in 2009 hasn’t yet gone into effect, you can bet that once it does Greek bankers will come to the IMF again with their hat in hand. And, if other European Union countries see free money up for grabs they could ask the IMF for bailouts when they get into trouble, too. If we’ve learned anything from the Wall Street bailouts it’s that just one bailout is never enough.

To hide the bailout from Americans already angry with the $700 billion bank bailout, Congress classified it as an “expanded credit line.” The Congressional Budget Office only scored it as $5 billion because IMF agreed to give the United States a promissory note for the rest of the bill.

As the Wall Street Journal wrote at the time, “If it costs so little, why not make it $200 billion. Or a trillion? It’s free!”

Of course, money isn’t free and there are member nations of the IMF that won’t be in a hurry to pay it back. Three state sponsors of terrorism, Iran, Syria and Sudan, are a part of the IMF. Iran participates in the IMF’s day-to-day activities as a member of its executive board.

If the failed bank bailout and stimulus bill wasn’t enough to prove to Americans the kind of misguided, destructive spending that goes on in Washington this will: The Democrat Congress, aided by a few Republicans, used a war spending bill to send bailout money to an international fund that’s partially-controlled by our enemies.

America can’t afford to bail out foreign countries with borrowed dollars from China and certainly shouldn’t allow state sponsors of terror a hand in that process.

This has to stop if we are going to survive as a nation. Congress won’t act stop such foolishness on its own. The only way Americans can stop this is by sending new people to Washington in November who will."


Sen. Jim DeMint is a Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina."


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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - May 6, 2010, 4:27 pm
Thanks Konane,
I read a short piece where Gibbs said that the U.S. done what it was asked from Europe to help greece. But, He did not say what in the article.
The American public is waking up to what D.C. does now. America is in a crisis and it has opened eyes.
I despise it when they add something to another bill to get it thru. That is something that needs changing by legislation to prohibit it.
konaneComment by konane - May 6, 2010, 4:46 pm
Thanks JAP! I too despise riders like that. Burying stupid spending is what this regime is all about. Love the internet! =)
time*treatComment by time*treat - May 6, 2010, 4:53 pm
I suspect "Madame Nein" is waiting until after Germany's elections, before opening the checkbook.
konaneComment by konane - May 6, 2010, 5:02 pm
Thanks Time*Treat! You're probably right .... she seems to call lots of shots behind the scenes.
sully16Comment by sully16 - May 6, 2010, 5:48 pm
Do we have to worry about Obama and co. putting us in the middle of a Germany/Greece conflict NOW? Yep, watch the right hand look for the left and realize you got a foot up your a$$.
konaneComment by konane - May 6, 2010, 6:47 pm
Thanks Sully! Good one! Think we can open our mouths and see it.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - May 6, 2010, 9:38 pm
I applaud the Greeks. Now all they need to do is arrest the international banksters! Keep watching Greece 'cause this could be coming to a neighborhood near you! If we all strike at once and arrest the bad guys we could get on with a better planet! PEACE!!!
konaneComment by konane - May 6, 2010, 10:23 pm
Thanks TigerAngel! I wish our congress would develop some courage and do what's right. Here's Denninger's take on Greece:
LANGUAGE WARNING ........ "The Greeks Have Had It (Warning: Not For Kids)

TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - May 6, 2010, 11:54 pm
ROFLMAO!!!! That is great!!!! Gotta pass this on. I think this vid will go good each morning with my coffee and 20 kittens bopp their heads to music!!!
konaneComment by konane - May 7, 2010, 7:45 am
Thanks TigerAngel! Glad you liked it. I found humor in it too.
Comment by crow - May 9, 2010, 6:20 pm
Hmmmmmm....lets seeeeeeee...now we are going to help bail Greece out of its fiasco?

Here again "WHY" are we always looked upon as the bad guys in the eyes of the international community when we are constantly saving everyones azzzz?

How bout we worry about our own problems and work on solving them and let super wealthy oil rich nations like Saudia Arabia jump in save everyone for a change..because I'm pretty sure they have no national debt..!!
konaneComment by konane - May 9, 2010, 6:43 pm
Thanks Crow! Agree time to take care of our own house and elect people federal, state and local who will do exactly that. Time to vote globalist-banksters out of office never to be elected again no matter how much they declare they've redeemed themselves .... now see the light.

If memory serves I believe I read the Saudis got stuck with some worthless derivatives which probably put a dint in their collective bank balances.

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