VP Biden: The U.S. 'Stands in Solidarity' with Greece

Erika Johnsen
Posted: Dec 05, 2011 7:40 AM

This week, the rest of the world's banks and financial leaders are flocking to bring advice and relief to the debt-soaked eurozone to help them find a way out of their current fiscal mess and prevent widespread financial calamity. Monday morning, Vice President Biden told Greek political leaders that the United States government is "standing with you in solidarity" as Greece negotiates a second, massive bailout package from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.

Do we really 'stand in solidarity' with a country that's been run into the ground by self-declared socialists, refuses to adequately reform its profligate spending habits, and has tipped the entire eurozone into financial disaster? Greece has repeatedly refused to take the tough but necessary medicine, entrenched in their socialist ways by an entitled citizenry; even if we want to prevent the eurozone from failing, we should not be 'standing in solidarity' with them especially if it means gifting them even one penny. How 'bout no:

Biden, who traveled from Turkey, met with President Karolos Papoulias before starting talks with new Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and leaders of the main parties backing the country's new coalition government.

"It is overwhelmingly in the interest of the United States that Greece work its way through this financial crisis and that it remain a strong and vital part of the European Union," Biden said before beginning talks with Papademos.

Last week, the United States joined a coordinated effort by global central banks to provide relief to banks in the eurozone. ...

"We are standing with you in solidarity as you meet some very difficult requirements from the IMF and European Union in this very difficult times," Biden said.

"Difficult requirements"? I suppose Biden would see a sustainable, balanced national budget plan as a difficult requirement, since his boss's administration seems to be modeling our own government after the Greek plan with alarming rapidity.