Anarchy rules at Athens University
The reporter’s taxi driver, a man by the name of Vasilis is a wise man compared to the lack of wisdom of most Greek workers and anarchist students. The reporter is confronted by signage in the room occupied by the anarchists at the university and one in particular catches his eye: “It is better to die from a bullet than working”. It is the mantra of the lazy Greek rioters who prefer living off the state than taking care of themselves in the proper way. The taxi driver does not find the sign to be funny and he tells the reporter that this sign is at the heart of the whole crisis in Greece… and he is correct.
Greece is a country that “is not working hard enough and suffers from a bloated, money devouring state and a mentality that the state owes them a living.”
Vasilis who works 12 hours a day earns around $860 per month, is angry, not just at the government but at the public sector workers who refuse to make necessary changes. It is he says, like a restaurant that earns $1million per year but spends $10million to stay open. According to Vasilis too many of today’s generation are lazy, corrupt. They like to sit in the sun and drink ouzo instead of working, and they want the state to pay for them whilst they enjoy that particular lifestyle.
Last week, when more than 30,000 protesters took to the streets again, including a small violent hardcore group of black-hooded anarchists, the Greek government met to consider austerity measures that are designed to get Greece’s debt under control. The riot police was deployed in the capital when shops and banks were attacked and Molotov cocktails were thrown… which left 3 bank workers dead, including a pregnant woman.
The Greek crisis has the potential to ignite a fresh global crisis as the eurozone leaders fear if Greece goes bankrupt then other nations will follow. It is also a warning to the U.K. that it too must deal with the huge budget deficit caused by the ever-burgeoning welfare state.
The lazy Greek people need to realize that if things are not brought under control and the government is bankrupted then:
- pensions will not be paid – oh boo hoo for those lazy women who are collecting the pensions of their dead parents.
- public sector salaries will not be paid – no more bonuses for turning up to work on time;
- money for schools and hospitals will not be available – I guess the parents will just have to cough up fees to send their children to school like other parents all over the world.
Greece faces the following necessary measures:
- the budget deficit must be cut from 13.6% of GDP to less than 3% by 2014
- I:5 public sector jobs to be axed
- pensions cut by 10%
- Christmas bonuses paid to pensioners and workers by the govt to be scrapped.
- taxes will rise
- unemployment is expected to rise from 11% to 14%
- VAT has risen from 19% to 21% and in July will increase to 23%
- tax on alcohol will increase from 19% to 30%
- tax on cigarettes will increase from $2.50 to $3.66
- there has been an increase in the CPI of 20% since Greece joined the euro
Despite the fact that Greece is one massive welfare state where the people really need to get their butts working, they are not even prepared to look at their own shortcomings but instead are prepared to blame everyone else, especially Germany, and especially because the memories of former wars continue to run deep. The Greeks think that Germany is the betrayer in this current situation and they are simply not prepared to take responsibility for their own moribund welfare state. Their own laziness is at the very heart of their economic mess, but they really are too stupid to see that they alone are responsible and that they must wise up and accept the pain now rather than waiting until the government is totally bankrupt.