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.