Noth­ing left to give

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Any gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial who is even en­ter­tain­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of im­pos­ing more taxes be­yond those that have al­ready been voted through Par­lia­ment as part of the coun­try’s third anti-bailout agree­ment with its in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors is ob­vi­ously com­pletely out of touch with re­al­ity or ut­terly delu­sional. They should know that what­ever cush­ion some Greeks had man­aged to put aside so they could keep up with their pay­ments has long been spent and there is sim­ply noth­ing left to spare in the bank ac­counts of the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion. Thanks to the po­lit­i­cal shenani­gans of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment over the past eight months, tax­pay­ers are now be­ing called on to pay huge amounts in in­come tax as well as lu­di­crous prop­erty taxes that have ab­so­lutely no cor­re­la­tion to the real mar­ket value of their real es­tate as­sets. Surely the gov­ern­ment must un­der­stand that Greeks are be­ing bled dry and that un­less it is care­ful, the day will come when they have sim­ply noth­ing left to give.

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