"We don't want to become like GREECE!" Mitt Romney's repeated comment during the USA presidential debates and campaign could have been a tipping point in his loss of the election. Social media networks were rife with comments, most leaning toward knowing what he meant, but not articulating it well for a proud, 2+ million strong Greek-American vote. If he had said, "We don't want to become like EUROPE," he may have kept enough Florida and Ohio Greeks. We hear and read, "Oh, many Greeks are socialists and would have voted for Obama anyway." This argument might hold water if Greeks in Greece could vote in an American Presidential election. They can't.
Why didn't Romney mention Spain, Portugal, Ireland and/or Italy? Because, Greece has become the de facto global poster-child for failed economies and corruption; Deservedly so? Perhaps, but as many Italians have told us, "Thank God for Greece keeping us out of the headlines!"
If Romney had said “Europe” instead of “Greece” might he be planning his inauguration now? The tipping point.
At least Greece is trying to fix its economy, which is more than we can say here in the USA where we might very well "become like Greece." The Greek Phoenix will rise again and its present-day woes will become just another chapter in a very, very long history.