From a news article on the measures Greece is taking to deal with their financial crisis.

Among the most significant features of the plan, a Greek government official said, would be a measure making it easier for the government to lay off some of the many thousands of public sector workers, whose low levels of productivity and high wages are a big contributor to Greece’s debt problem. Until now, the government has not been able to lay off civil servants, whose employment rights are in effect constitutionally guaranteed.

Another reform high on the list is removing the state from the marketplace in crucial sectors like health care, transportation and energy and allowing private investment. Economists say that the liberalization of trucking routes — where a trucking license can cost up to $90,000 — and the health care industry would help bring down prices in these areas, which are among the highest in Europe.

What right-wing rag would point out how reducing government payrolls, and more privatization, including in the health care industry, would be useful parts of a plan to save money?

Answer below the fold.

The New York Times.  Yes, that New York Times.  The one that has been editorializing tirelessly in favor of ObamaCare(tm).  Now, this isn’t strictly an op-ed piece, but where were references to these "economists" who think government-run healthcare increases costs in other Times’ editorials? 

Greece is in a financial crisis worse than what we have going on here, and yet we’re running toward doing the same things that got them there.  Where is the logic in this?

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