Break­ing the camel’s back

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The gov­ern­ment is stick­ing to an ir­ra­tional and un­fair pol­icy of rais­ing money through more and more taxes. The in­come tax, which is es­sen­tially a head tax, and the low­er­ing of the prop­erty tax thresh­old are two ex­am­ples that show just how out of touch Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is with the sit­u­a­tion in Greece right now. Its com­plete in­abil­ity to re­ally clamp down on tax eva­sion and its re­fusal to make any sub­stan­tial changes to the way the state is run or to stream­line it have led it right back to the easy so­lu­tion of tax­a­tion. But this pol­icy is an­other blow to wage earn­ers and oth­ers who de­clare all their earn­ings and pay their taxes, while it puts an even greater strain on the most dy­namic as­pects of the Greek econ­omy. The rul­ing party will soon re­al­ize that it has pushed the mid­dle class too far by ask­ing it to take the en­tire bur­den of the cri­sis be­cause the gov­ern­ment and the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem wants to pro­tect em­ploy­ees who have no real job in the civil ser­vice and peo­ple who re­tire early in their 50s.

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