President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged European countries and bondholders to prevent a "disastrous" default by Greece and pledged U.S. support to help tackle the country's debt crisis.
Obama, whose political prospects have suffered from persistently high unemployment and ballooning U.S. debt, has pinpointed the euro zone crisis as one foreign "headwind" hitting the U.S. economy.
After a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he stressed the importance of German "leadership" on the issue - a hint that he expects Berlin to help - while expressing sympathy for the political difficulties European Union countries face in helping a struggling member state.
"I'm confident that Germany's leadership, along with other key actors in Europe, will help us arrive at a path for Greece to return to growth, for this debt to become more manageable," Obama said.
"But it's going to require some patience and some time. And we have pledged to cooperate fully in working through these issues, both on a bilateral basis but also through international and financial institutions like the IMF."
Obama once promised the American people that (among other broken promises) he would go through the U.S. budget line by line and eliminate wasteful spending to help reduce the deficit. How about taxpayer-funded bailouts for small, faraway countries whose leaders were irresponsible (just like ours are being, ironically)? Why should you have to pay money out of your hard-earned paycheck to reward a country for making poor choices? Why does Washington insist on punishing the responsible and rewarding the reckless? And why is it continuing to take that dangerous game and expand it into an international welfare state?
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