Gresk økonomi

Som alltid godt og underholdende fra Michael Lewis. Denne gang i Vanity Fair om den greske økonomien.

Om manglende politisk vilje:

The first thing a government does in an election year is to pull the tax collectors off the streets

Om sløsing i offentlig virksomheter

it would be cheaper to put all Greece’s rail passengers into taxicabs

Om korrupsjon

It’s simply assumed, for instance, that anyone who is working for the government is meant to be bribed. People who go to public health clinics assume they will need to bribe doctors to actually take care of them. 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.

Om gresk skattemoral (Lewis intervjuer en ligningsfunksjonær)

He just took it for granted that I knew that the only Greeks who paid their taxes were the ones who could not avoid doing so—the salaried employees of corporations, who had their taxes withheld from their paychecks. The vast economy of self-employed workers—everyone from doctors to the guys who ran the kiosks that sold the International Herald Tribune—cheated (one big reason why Greece has the highest percentage of self-employed workers of any European country). “It’s become a cultural trait,” he said. “The Greek people never learned to pay their taxes. And they never did because no one is punished. No one has ever been punished. It’s a cavalier offense—like a gentleman not opening a door for a lady.”

I det hele tatt ganske dyster lesing for dem som er interessert i gresk økonomi. Og det burde vi jo alle være side vi er en av Hellas’ store kreditorer. Anbefalt lesing.

(Bilde av MarcelGermain med CC-lisens by-nc-nd)

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