dolanbaker wrote:Even if Greece manages to elect a stable government, the debt issue and the Eurocrisis are still looming large, this is really just a sideshow.
Merely by virtue of threatening to be a "contagion," the Greeks are guaranteed roughly one hundred billion per year of bailout money. If the Greeks are smart, they'll keep taking the bailout money whilst breaching the bailout terms and running massive deficits.
The "blackmail" formula is so simple, that we can expect all of the PIIGS to try it:
1. By demanding bailouts of $100+ billion/year, and threatening that, without such bailouts, the country will unleash a viral contagion that will destroy Europe, the country is guaranteed to be awarded blackmail into perpetuity;
2. Once it becomes clear that the blackmail will be paid NO MATTER WHAT, the blackmailing country will find itself becoming extremely inefficient and corrupt; it will freely breach the bailout terms with impunity whilst running larger and larger deficits;
3. You can expect that the blackmailing country will become progressively bold and arrogant in its blackmail demands, whilst being progressively lax in meeting any purported "bailout terms."
4. Rinse and repeat for Portugal.
5. Rinse and repeat for Spain.
6. Rinse and repeat for Italy ... etc ... etc, as this vicious cycle of blackmail grows progressively worse year after year.
This is the new era we are entering. Any systemically important entity (whether a country, bank, or corporation) will be in a position to extract massive bailouts with increasingly lax concessions.