Dear Troika

In the beginning, I made allowances for you. Valid excuses. After all, how would anyone possibly expect you to fully realize –let alone comprehend- the ways and extend to which our system has rotted. It would be like expecting a Martian to understand reality TV.

However, time has passed. It’s two years since you’ve been here. You are supposed to be knowledgeable, educated people. Something is wrong. There were always two possibilities: either our politicians were lying to us (an everyday, ordinary occurrence, after all), or you were not doing your job well. As time goes by I am increasingly inclined towards the second. Because you see, even if our politicians are lying to us, you should have exposed them to us by now, it is part of your job description.

For to you, Greece is a job. At the executive level. We are a business to manage, a project to see through. Modern management dictates that executives learn the business inside out, that they get involved in all levels of the production process, that they put their hands in the dirt, learn all the ropes and stay attached to them to the end. Come and live here. Get the bus or car to work every day. Move your family over, pay your taxes and get your medical care here. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Talk to people, at the qualitative and quantitative level. Send spies! Spies who try to make something of themselves here, who try to set up a business, find a job or even build a house.

If you had done all, or some of that, surely you would have realized by now what the faults of the system are. You would have not asked, or would have stopped our politicians from asking, for ludicrous further pension cuts, illogical and surely illegal “iconic wages” in taxation and private sector pay cuts. In fact, what kind of economists are you? And even if you are not economists, surely even a fool can see that the income and tax axe is tragically failing to reduce anything but our tolerance?

Why did you let the government sacrifice a million private sector jobs in order to keep the sleepy public sector intact? Now both of them have to sink. All of us are sinking and guess what: we are taking you down with us. Do something. Cut government expenses – corruption, bad management and high wages first. Reduce Value Added Tax, let pensioners be and lay your hands off the private sector wages. For surely you must know by now that the private sector is our last chance? So, in fact, find ways to boost production through incentives to entry in the sector for investors. Wages are between employer and employee and besides, what kind of managers are you that you don’t know zit about HR?

And if you are going to diminish our national sovereignty, do it in a useful way. Disassemble the whole Taxation Department and set it up anew. Bring down an army to uproot tax evasion and corruption. Impose changes on our judicial system so that offenders face a lifetime in jail-for real. I don’t care what you do, as long as it is towards the right direction. And the right direction is justice, honesty, employment and growth.

Let the beginning of the resolution of the Greek crisis become visible to the world. So the EE can have a breather to think about Eurobonds and other viable answers to its greater problem. You see, the problem is greater but its solution starts here. So start solving. Open your eyes, or if they are already open, slam your fist. Time is running out. Get with the programme.

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8 Responses to Dear Troika

  1. Ο/Η Ein Steppenwolf λέει:

    Come and live here. Get the bus or car to work every day. Move your family over, pay your taxes and get your medical care here.
    A jolly good idea!

    Why did you let the government sacrifice a million private sector jobs in order to keep the sleepy public sector intact?
    Actually they politely insinuated the necessity of cutting down the public sector, wispered it, suggested it openly, stressed it, insisted on it, orally and in written form, in the flesh and by phone, in camera, in the lavatory and in public, during brunch, lunch, and supper, begging on their knees and threatening from their skyscrapers, alas without effect…

    Cut government expenses – corruption, bad management and high wages first.
    How? Recall: they are not regents of Greece but mere advisors of a democratically elected government.

    if you are going to diminish our national sovereignty
    See above.

    Bring down an army to uproot tax evasion and corruption.
    Begging the favour of your esteemed perusal: Ο Σκάτας. On the other hand, let it be admitted that the age-long Western sovereignty on the Ionian Islands and the shorter one on the Dodecanese has had a lasting effect.

    • Ο/Η alienellin λέει:

      The Σκάτας article was good, except that there are two flaws in the analogy it is referring to. Firstly, in our case the σκάτα – or at least the really heavy stuff- is being stepped on and in primarily by Greeks and not foreign occupation forces. In fact, tragically, it seems that the less σκάτα one has produced in this freakin’ country the more one is now obliged to step on and in. On the other hand, the people who have produced the proverbial σκάταloads are apparently getting away with just a few splashes on their shoes.
      Secondly, the German officer of today is not – at least not to this day – threatening our physical wellbeing. So I, personally, am willing to endure a bit of national humiliation in exchange for some toilet construction knowhow and –finally- σκάταfree streets.
      I would love to point this out to the author, but it would appear he is not accepting comments.

      • Ο/Η Ein Steppenwolf λέει:

        Firstly, in our case the σκάτα – or at least the really heavy stuff- is being stepped on and in primarily by Greeks and not foreign occupation forces.
        Swine farmers and Greeks are used to it.

        In fact, tragically, it seems that the less σκάτα one has produced in this freakin’ country the more one is now obliged to step on and in.
        Corollary: producers have no incentive to reduce production.

        Secondly, the German officer of today is not – at least not to this day – threatening our physical wellbeing.
        Physical threat creates powerful motivation.

        So I, personally, am willing to endure a bit of national humiliation in exchange for some toilet construction knowhow
        The less national humiliation you promise, the more votes you get.

  2. Ο/Η alienellin λέει:

    National sovereignty is long gone. These are no advisors, my friend.
    They are project mangers. I haven’t seen any real project management so far. They are lenders, here to see we are protecting their «investment». They are failing miserably at both their tasks.
    Unless their goal is to actually see us crumble so they can buy the rubble cut-price. In which case I am becoming a communist right now!

  3. Ο/Η Ein Steppenwolf λέει:

    Apparently the news is true.
    Παπαδήμος: Δεν υπάρχουν κόκκινες γραμμές στα εργασιακά:

    Περιέγραψε, μάλιστα, ανάγλυφα τις απαιτήσεις της τρόικας: «Οι διεθνείς οργανισμοί και οι Ευρωπαίοι εταίροι έχουν θέσει σειρά θεμάτων προς επανεξέταση στα πλαίσια του κοινωνικού διαλόγου, προκειμένου να βελτιωθεί η ανταγωνιστικότητα και να ενισχυθεί η απασχόληση. Μεταξύ των θεμάτων αυτών είναι και ο ελάχιστος μισθός, είναι ο 13ος – 14ος μισθός, […]

    • Ο/Η alienellin λέει:

      «Swine farmers and Greeks are used to it»
      Well if they were they wouldn’t be complaining so much about it would they? Crisis politics so far have only managed to push the country that much deeper in it. All elements point to Troikan incompetance and EU incompetance and in one respect this is good because us Greeks no longer have to feel so alone in our own incompetance.
      Physical threat never solved anything, by the way. Hitting rock bottom might. I repeat MIGHT. So that’s another consolation of sorts, for that is precisely where we are heading.

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