Wednesday, June 29, 2011
When do you stop listening to your publics and act? This is the dilemma facing Greek politicians who are trying to get the country's debt under control. Anything they do short of telling the rest of Europe to go away is unacceptable to citizens demonstrating in the streets. Yet, if Greece is to remain a member of the European Union or even a country with standing outside of the Union, Greece's politicians have to act in ways that enrage their citizens. This is a time when communications principles break down. What Greece's politicians are being forced to do is hard and miserable and their voters will get revenge at the ballot box, but the politicians have little choice. About all they can hope is that things will get better in the short run, but there is little chance of that. Some times taking a stand means one can only lose even if it is the right thing to do.