Plan needs to cut deeper

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Fi­nally, the gov­ern­ment has de­cided to go ahead with a bold pri­va­ti­za­tion plan that will harm no one ex­cept cer­tain worker union lead­ers and sup­pli­ers who have learned to sur­vive on state fund­ing alone. To­ward achiev­ing this goal, the PASOK gov­ern­ment needs to make an ally of New Democ­racy as the leader of the main op­po­si­tion party, An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras, has spo­ken in fa­vor of pri­va­ti­za­tions. The prob­lem, of course, is that the gov­ern­ment, yet again, ap­pears hes­i­tant or even scared to thrust the knife even deeper, to shut down use­less state or­ga­ni­za­tions and cut down staff num­bers in ar­eas of the state struc­ture where there is a sur­plus. Greece’s deficit is too large to be brought un­der con­trol by in­tro­duc­ing new taxes. The only way to curb it is to sig­nif­i­cantly pare down the size of the bu­reau­cracy and to make a con­certed ef­fort to bring what it costs to run un­der tight con­trol. Greece finds it­self lit­er­ally on the edge of de­struc­tion and its po­lit­i­cal lead­ers should be treat­ing the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process as they would in a time of war.

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