Sunday, 19 September 2010

Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds Business: Το δικό μου σχόλιο

Το ξέρω, είναι τεράστιο άρθρο.. και είναι και στ αγγλικά, που πολλοί δεν τα μιλάτε/μιλάμε τέλεια!




Αντί για δικό μου σχόλιο, μερικές απόψεις του δημοσιογράφου που πραγματικά... τσακίζουν κόκκαλα με την ακριβή καταγραφή της πραγματικότητας που επιτυγχάνουν!

Πάμε λοιπόν:

The national railroad has annual revenues of 100 million euros against an annual wage bill of 400 million, plus 300 million euros in other expenses. The average state railroad employee earns 65,000 euros a year.

The Greek people never learned to pay their taxes .... because no one is ever punished

Government ministers who have spent their lives in public service emerge from office able to afford multi-million-dollar mansions and two or three country homes

“The Ministry of Agriculture had created an off-the-books unit employing 270 people to digitize the photographs of Greek public lands,” the finance minister tells me. “The trouble was that none of the 270 people had any experience with digital photography. The actual professions of these people were, like, hairdressers.”

The extent of the cheating—the amount of energy that went into it—was breathtaking. In Athens, I several times had a feeling new to me as a journalist: a complete lack of interest in what was obviously shocking material.

the hardest thing to do in Greece is to get one Greek to compliment another behind his back. No success of any kind is regarded without suspicion. Everyone is pretty sure everyone is cheating on his taxes, or bribing politicians, or taking bribes, or lying about the value of his real estate

this question of whether Greece will repay its debts is really a question of whether Greece will change its culture, and that will happen only if Greeks want to change.

The general idea seems to be that while the Greek people will never listen to any internal call for sacrifice they might listen to calls from outside. That is, they no longer really even want to govern themselves.

a nation of people looking for anyone to blame but themselves.

Even if it is technically possible for these people to repay their debts, live within their means, and return to good standing inside the European Union, do they have the inner resources to do it? Or have they so lost their ability to feel connected to anything outside their small worlds that they would rather just shed themselves of the obligations?

Πικρές αλήθειες... Αλήθειες που πονάνε, που εξοργίζουν... Αλλά αλήθειες!!

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