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Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Vote in Greece

They vote in Greece today
To decide if she will stay
Within the euro zone
Or make her way alone.
With euros she would quit,
And to drachmas she’d commit.
And if she breaks away
Will she default or pay
Her debt to other nations
And fulfill their expectations?
If Greece selects default
The bankers would be fraught
With fear and consternation
That would spread among the nations
and would spook economies
Including those far overseas
Like ours, that heavily depends
On our European friends.
If Europe falls apart
Who knows what that would start?
It would change our own direction
By affecting our election.
Doubtless Mitt would claim
That Obama was to blame
So he would be rejected
and Mitt would be elected,
And pretty soon we’d see
Home-grown austerity
And jobs would disappear
And hope replaced by fear.
So over here we’re prayerful
That Greek voters will be careful.
We’ll watch the choice Greeks make
‘Cause our futures are at stake.

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