Filling Greece’s ATMs with promises

ATHENS, Greece

Greece faces one of the most difficult decisions in its modern history today as it heads to the ballot box to vote in a referendum few voters truly understand. Regardless of which way the vote goes, the country will be voting on an assuredly painful future.

 Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on Greek voters to reject foreign creditors’ demands for more economic austerity in return for rescue loans. | Thanassis Stavrakis The Associated Press

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on Greek voters to reject foreign creditors’ demands for more economic austerity in return for rescue loans. | Thanassis Stavrakis The Associated Press

The real unstated question on today’s ballot, however, is: Do the people want to put their future in the hands of their feckless, lying and entirely unreliable radical-left government, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his ruthless, heartless henchmen?

Calling him a liar is a serious charge. I watched, however, as he was interviewed critically by Antenna TV and promised the impossible – to reopen the banks within 48 hours of a “no” vote. I am not an economist, but I do hold an ATM card that is being rejected by machines for lack of euro currency. Stocking an ATM requires currency, euro or otherwise. A bankrupt state cannot fill the machines with empty promises.  Read more