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  1. donald15

    donald15 said, over 6 years ago

    i don’t get this one

  2. jgcp1

    jgcp1 said, over 6 years ago

    OK, Don, pay attention. There is this currency called the Euro which is used by most of the members of the European Union (Britain, thank God, being one of the exceptions). Euro countries use the same money, so, for example, you can earn them in France and spend them in Germany. Problem is that Greece has been living high off the hog spending the wealth created in other countries (like Germany, France, the UK) and given to them as subsidies because they don’t actually make anything in Greece except olive oil. Now their economy is bankrupt, the locals are revolting because of the cuts in benefits (paid for by other Europeans) and the rest of the EU is tasked with bailing them out.

    Next comes Portugal, Spain, and every other country that is happy to spend other peoples’ money but can’t be bothered to create any wealth themselves. Any similarity between this and any other global economy is purely coincidental…


    BOB HASTY GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    Goldman Sachs helped Greece hide its lousy debt so that it could qualify for entry into the European Union. Now that the truth is known, some very unhappy European countries are having to hold up the Greek Parthanon in Athens. It is obvious that Greece can’t even help do that!

  4. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    Still, the “Greece” caryatid is a stone fox (pun acknowledged, but incidental) compared to the other “Europe” figures.

    “Past glories” and all, yeah, but never underestimate the power of sex appeal.

  5. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    fennec, Google was a good starting point, but it was still Greek to me (pun intentional, but still incidental) until, through trial and error, I reached “efharisto”…

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 6 years ago

    The best touch is that the only Greek figure isn’t providing any support at all.

  7. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    lonecat, I don’t think that’s a “touch”; I think that’s the single significant detail which provides the whole meaning of the cartoon.

  8. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 6 years ago

    re I admit I was mildly puzzled by Punk’s comment so I looked up the legend and almost immediately guessed efharisto poli (thanks for what I picked up in Crete. Er, that’s efharisto for what I picked up in Crete). I like this legend. ;-)

    Ah yes, the grasshoppers sang while the hardworking ants toiled all summer. Trouble is, this grasshopper moved to the UK and toiled, too. So I look weary and as angry as those other folks, pillars of the community, and lost my handsome looks. :( Ai, que disgraça.

    Bob Hasty has it spot on but I detect a little anti-EUness in jgcp1’s comment, tch. ;-)

    I quite liked this ‘toon, I learned something new.

  9. jgcp1

    jgcp1 said, over 6 years ago

    I don’t mind the EU - just the bureaucracy, corruption, waste and over-regulation.

    The original idea of a free trade association in which everyone’s economic interdependence on the others would eliminate the likelihood of a third European war was good (if rather naive). Instead, we have a few productive economies propping up a (growing) mass of non-productive ones, and into the bargain, a diminution of the diversity that made Europe such a wonderful place to live.

    Corruption in Greece is rife and riddled with jobs-for-life made-up government departments and people collecting subsidies for doing absolutely nothing, but listen to the howls of protest when anyone tries to pull their snouts out of the trough. Just wait until some of the Eastern European contries come into the Euro-zone! Then we’ll really see how it’s done!

  10. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 6 years ago

    Sorry jgcp1, for some reason I thought you were from the UK. But essentially I don’t disagree with your words on the EU, perhaps just the degree. As for loss of diversity, well, my wife & child are trying to make up for it. Between us we have 4 nationalities. Wait, are we causing this loss through intermarriage? :-o I’m rather hoping the EU member states use this as a frigging valuable lesson on how the EU should and is supposed to work, a bit like what Neoconman alludes to. (nah, I’m not really that naive)

  11. treered

    treered said, over 6 years ago

    so “Greece” is not part of “Europe”? the other corner should be “Germany”, the one next to “Greece” is “France”, maybe… and the roof should be “Euro”…

  12. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 6 years ago

    ^ I initially thought the same but perhaps Oliphant was trying to show that Greece was simply not being part of the EU “family” by not shouldering its responsibility as the others were.

  13. jgcp1

    jgcp1 said, over 6 years ago

    (A) I do live in the UK and have done for most of my life.

    (B) I live in a multi-cultural family, with me born in the USA, my wife, Russian and my stepson a teenager (different species altogether). I’ve seen the UK begin here (as the EEC which I DO favour) and quietly intrude into virtually every part of our lives, whether we wanted it to or not.

    (C) I do not support the idea of every “man” for himself, but I do believe in the preeminence of freedom over equality. We are NOT equal - we are all different. Trying to pretend that everyone is the same by shovelling money from where it is earned to where it is not is a fool’s errand.

  14. C. A. Brobst

    C. A. Brobst GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    They took all the best art from Greece. Time to give a little back.

  15. MGJinAridzona

    MGJinAridzona said, over 6 years ago

    “F Harry Stowe” is how one pronounces “efharisto” or “efcharisto” -Greek for “thank you”.

    The man’s a genius; best laugh in ages.

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