The less you earn the greater proportion of your earning you spend every month. The less you earn the more you are effected by VAT. Government is targeting working class for more tax revenues, despite claiming to be socialist
Conclusion – Papandreou is acting in direct conflict to stated goals of being on the side of the common man.
As with VAT, the less you earn the greater proportion of your earnings you spend on energy. Fuel is part of every single good on sale. Fuel duty increases the price of all products including energy for the home. Papandreou claims the way out for Greece is to grow economy and yet he increases the cost of living and doing business in Greece
Conclusion – Papandreou is acting in direct conflict with stated aims. He is increasing business costs and the cost of living while claiming he wants to grow the economy.
As of July 2011 less than 10 tax inspections took place in the whole of Greece. This is depsite Pandareou claiming tax evasion is seriously effecting government revenues. Government not interested in dealing with fundamental issues despite claiming the contrary
Conclusion – Papandreou is acting is direct conflict with stated objectives. He claims tax collection is an issue but does nothing to address it.
Papandreou claims government is too big and needs to be cut but at the same time imposes taxes on private businesses who ultimately must employ the people being laid off by government. Papanedreou claims to want to increase productivity of Greek economy.
Conclusion – Papandreou’s actions are in complete conflict with his stated objectives. He claims he wants to cut government but does not government and instead increases unemployment by increasing business costs.
5. Property tax
Government increases tax on property massively. More money taken out of people’s pockets with no corresponding increase in government spending. This will obviously lead to less money in the Greek economy.
Conclusion – Papandreou is acting in direct contravention of his stated objectives. He claims to want to grow economy while taking money out of the Greek economy while at the same time making life more expensive (see points 1,2,3 & 4)
Government claims that the privitisations of proftiable Greek companies is the ideal way to reduce government deficit.
Conclusion – Papandreou acting in direct conflict with stated goals. The government claims it needs more income hence tax increases and yet the government is proposing selling of streams of income ie profitable state owned companies.
Papandreou claimed to understand Greece’s problems during the last election campaign. He made numerous speeches claiming that he would tax the rich of Greece as they had the money to bail out the government. Papandreou since he has been in power has shown he has no apetite at all to tax the rich.
Conclusion – Papandreou has acted contrary to his election promises. The lower and middle class have been hit by Papandreou’s actions massively more than Greece’s rich elite.
These points are by no means exhaustive.
It is clear that Papandreou and his PASOK government fully understand Greece’s problems. They have acknowledged that the public sector is far too large for the private sector to carry.
They have acknowledged that massive cuts need to be made in government spending and they acknowledge that changes need to happen as a matter of urgency.
Many speechs have been made by Papandreou and the PASOK government echoing the sentiments and beliefs of the Greek people and foriegn leaders and foreign institutions.
Yet despite saying all the rights things, Papandreou and his PASOK government have acted counter to all the words and statements of intent.
In my opinion they are doing everything in their power to bring Greece to its knees. They do this as a means of extracting as much wealth out of the Greek people as possible. The government cannot pay its bills so it is forcing the private citizen to step in and pick up the tab.
Papandreou’s actions are exactly what I would expect from someone who is representing banks who have made huge loans to the Greek government, loans which are in grave danger of going bad. Papadreou’s mission was to do increase the amount of money the government was confiscating from the Greek people in order to keep these loans afloat.
As things have progressed Greece is now at the point where the government is simply shifting it liabilities onto the Greek people in the form of taxes which are impossible to pay.
The only logical explanation is that Papandreou is an operative of the central banks and of the banks that lend money to governments.
If you disagree or agree with me I would love to here your opinions