Taxes and the mid­dle class

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We cer­tainly do not need to read stud­ies to find out that the Greek mid­dle class is be­ing bled dry by tax­a­tion. We all see this ghastly re­al­ity all around us, ev­ery day, as peo­ple strug­gle to pay their taxes. But what is ut­terly out­ra­geous is that in­stead of see­ing a re­turn – in term of so­cial well-be­ing – on the taxes peo­ple are pay­ing, their hard-earned money is be­ing fun­neled down a gi­ant black hole. Ba­si­cally, peo­ple pay taxes to sup­port a need­less part of the wider pub­lic sec­tor, trade union­ists and mis­man­aged util­i­ties, as the mid­dle class has been con­demned to carry all the mis­takes of the past, along with a dys­func­tional pub­lic sec­tor, on its back. As for the so-called ser­vices that tax­pay­ers get in re­turn from the state, they have ei­ther been de­graded or have col­lapsed. What is truly im­pres­sive is that for­mer mem­bers of the mid­dle class – once the en­gine of the econ­omy, and now es­sen­tially de­com­mis­sioned – con­tinue to pay or try to pay their taxes and haven’t yet de­faulted.

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