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Why the Greeks are so angry

I found this pretty interesting....FWIW


Why the Greeks are so angry - Europe- msnbc.com

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There is anger at the pervasive, high-level corruption for which no politician is ever punished. People are also furious that no government has ever tackled influence-peddling in the public sector. The Greek branch of Transparency International estimated that Greeks paid almost euro800 million ($1 billion) in bribes last year. This is another drain on household budgets but more importantly it creates a sense of injustice, a sense that to get anything done you have to play by the systemís warped rules.
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Wow is right... I think that would make just about anyone angry!

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Re: Why the Greeks are so angry

This is the part I liked........


"Anger at corruption
They are angry because for years they have been encouraged to live beyond their means, taking advantage of the cheap credit on offer since Greece joined the euro in 2001. Now, the rug is being pulled from under their feet. People who have taken out mortgages to buy homes, loans to purchase cars and credit cards to pay for overpriced basic goods are being asked to meet all these commitments with a much lower income than they had budgeted for.

This is not what angers Greeks most, though. What you will hear time after time, both at the protests and at workplaces and cafes, is that this crisis confirms the failure of the country’s political system. In other words, that for years politicians have been bleeding the country dry, looking after themselves and their friends and failing to build a robust economy and a country equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21st century."

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Not to mention........

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The government believes that tax evasion could be worth up to euro30 billion ($38 billion) a year, or 12 percent of the country’s GDP. Allowing one part of the population to consistently get away without paying while Greece’s public finances are propped up by the same people all the time creates incredible resentment. That’s why you hear many Greeks say they will put up with the austerity measures if the government ensures that everybody pays their fair share.

If people believe that the usual suspects, who in many cases are wealthy businessmen, doctors and lawyers, are allowed to get away with it, then the level of anger will go up several notches.
It sounds like a lot of their problems are caused by those with money.................. being allowed to get away with things they shouldn't.

Gee.....that does sound familiar.

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Id be angry too. It does sound familiar Gandy

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I guess enough money, by big business and unscrupulous rich folks................... didn't "trickle down."

It should give pause (probably won't though), to those who advocate loosening the reins and eliminating regulations/safeguards on big business.

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I guess enough money, by big business and unscrupulous rich folks................... didn't "trickle down."

It should give pause (probably won't though), to those who advocate loosening the reins and eliminating regulations/safeguards on big business.
I guess you misread the part about the Politicians.

"In other words, that for years politicians have been bleeding the country dry, looking after themselves and their friends and failing to build a robust economy and a country equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21st century."

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I guess you misread the part about the Politicians.
I didn't misread anything.

I just don't believe there is only one problem.

Or don't you think that skating on $38 Billion (12% of GDP) in taxes.............................. is a big ####ing deal?

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