Out of touch

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Se­nior of­fi­cials of Greece’s left-led ad­min­is­tra­tion speak and be­have as if they have come from another planet, obliv­i­ous to the anger that runs deep through­out Greek so­ci­ety. Frus­tra­tion has ac­tu­ally grown deeper since the start of the year in the wake of the gov­ern­ment’s fi­asco re­gard­ing the tax and so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions of self-em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als. (The changes in­tro­duced by the gov­ern­ment led a big num­ber of self-em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als to close their books so that they would not have to pay in­creased so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions af­ter these were linked to in­come.) At the same time, lead­ing leftist of­fi­cials are go­ing around ad­ver­tis­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s per­for­mance. Some speak of an eco­nomic turn­around while oth­ers see a so­ci­ety that is em­brac­ing the mea­sures. This all goes to show that the gov­ern­ment is com­pletely out of touch with the sit­u­a­tion in the real econ­omy.

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